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Report: Ex-coal exec fails to file disclosure in Senate race

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report says the former coal executive convicted of violating federal mine safety standards has failed to turn in a required financial disclosure for his U.S. Senate race.

The U.S. Senate Office of Public Records told The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday there’s no indication Don Blankenship’s disclosure was received by Sunday’s deadline. Failure to file disclosures can carry fines up to $50,000 or criminal prosecution.

Blankenship’s spokesman didn’t respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

The ex-Massey Energy CEO is one of six Republicans in next month’s primary for the seat of incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, who faces one opponent in the Democratic primary.

Blankenship served a one-year prison term on charges stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 men in West Virginia.



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