Company Owned by Gov. Jim Justice Giving Away Tickets to Event at Resort (Also Owned by Justice)

Aug 16, 2019

The Greenbrier resort has announced it's giving away prizes and tickets to an upcoming golf tournament. A coal company controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is paying for the tickets.  

The Professional Golfers’ Association will hold a tournament, dubbed “A Military Tribute”, at the Greenbrier resort from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15. The Associated Press reported the resort announced there are 30,000 tickets available for fans who register online starting Friday, Aug. 16.  

During the tournament the resort says there will also be several drawings for a total of 150 prizes, those being valued at $1,000 or more. Those interested can also register online.  

Tickets are courtesy of coal mining company Bluestone Resources. Justice owns both Bluestone and the Greenbrier resort.  

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gives a speech during a Department of Tourism conference Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Credit Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

He and his companies have recently been under fire for being rife with conflicts of interest -- the businessman turned governor operates dozens of companies regulated by state agencies he oversees.  
The Greenbrier’s PGA announcement comes one day after the Charleston Gazette-Mail published a roughly 6,000-word expose on Justice and his conflicts of interest, in partnership with ProPublica.