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Koch Group Gives $100k to PAC Pushing GOP Governor Hopeful

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A group fueled by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers has donated $100,000 to a super PAC supporting Republican Bill Cole for governor in West Virginia.

According to campaign finance reports, Freedom Partners Action Fund, Inc. wrote the check to the pro-Cole group Accelerate West Virginia in March.

One of the few Koch-connected groups that discloses donors, Freedom Partners Action Fund had $15 million cash available through February. Charles Koch gave $3 million in December.

In late January, Cole spoke about right-to-work at a Palm Springs retreat organized by the Koch brothers. Cole's campaign told the Charleston Gazette-Mail he didn't fundraise or campaign while there.

Cole, the state Senate president, is unopposed in the Republican primary.

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice, ex-U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler are running as Democrats.


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