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'The Kingmaker': Don Blankenship's Political Influence

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Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship's trial begins in Charleston Thursday.

As the state's focus shifts to Charleston this week for the start of former Massey CEO Don Blankenship's trial, we're taking a look back at a 2005 special episode of Outlook titled "The Kingmaker."

The half hour special profiles Blankenship and his political influence at the time, just after the 2004 election when he spent some $5 million on the campaign to elect Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin.

This special episode of Outlook was written, produced and hosted by former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Anna Sale.


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