Ex-coal baron Blankenship debuts ‘fact-check’ campaign site

Don Blankenship
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There’s a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, and it leaves one fact out of plain sight — that it’s run by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship’s campaign.

The website www.factcheckwv.com explores issues in the Senate Republican primary that pits the former Massey Energy CEO against U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Those include whether President Donald Trump blamed Blankenship for the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion.

Blankenship served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the explosion, which killed 29 miners in southern West Virginia. Blankenship is using his campaign to try to clear his name.

The bottom of the website indicates it’s operated by the campaign. Spokesman Greg Thomas says the campaign “didn’t want to bias it with who paid for it.”