Nick Rahall Jumps From a Plane for Coal. Here’s Why.

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Monday, July 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

If all went as planned, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) jumped out of a plane on Saturday to show his support for the coal industry. In third-person fashion, he described the upcoming event last week as “a Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal and an opportunity to pay tribute to those who extraordinarily serve and make personal sacrifices each day for the citizens of West Virginia and our Nation as a whole.”

Well, turns out tribute wasn’t the only thing getting paid. Rahall just filed his quarterly Federal Election Commission report, and it shows — surprise! — that he got a pretty penny from his good friend, the coal industry.

Take a look at this:

United Mine Workers

and this:

Arch Coal

But that still doesn’t explain why he jumped out of a plane. Oh, maybe these had something to do with it?

Air Line

Aircraft

Flight Attendants

Update: Looks like he did jump. Politico has the report, and a photo.

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strangely_enough
Comment posted July 20, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

Love for sale,
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Love that's only slightly soiled…


Artoo
Comment posted July 20, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

If he didn't jump when they ask, next they will make him jump without a parachute


stoub
Comment posted July 21, 2009 @ 6:31 am

This story made made day. Thanks!


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luckykentucky
Comment posted September 18, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

Dont know where to start with the inacurate assumptions the author trying to imply.
1) UMW is a labor union. A big one. A REALLY big one. Which for one thing, means they are not on the same team, so to speak as (any, fill in the blank) Coal Operator. Lumping them together to draw some conclusion about “the coal industry”, pretty much only proves the author's severe lack of knowledge. It does however lead one to believe that the two groups, who probably disagree about everything, about 99% of the time…do agree on one thing: That they both would like to see Congressman Rahall remain in office. Considering their disparate viewpoints, he must be doing a decent job of maintaining a political balance. And considering that Coal is the largest employer of his district…not sure I see where the shock value is here.
2) Having attended the event, it might interest you know that although it's underwritten in large part by the Coal Industry (who btw, didn't invite the Mine Worker's Union to exhibit or speak that I saw. Refer to item #1 above) but it's also sponsored by many other local business entities, and is in fact, a long standing annual festival that serves as the primary source of funding for the local YMCA.
3) What do Airline pilots, aircraft owners…and FLIGHT ATTENDANTS???? have to do with the topic here? The Congressman jumped with the U.S. Army's Golden Eagles, the elite parachute demonstration and competition team not just for the Army, but for the entire Armed Services. News Flash: They don't use flight attendants. They don't use private aircraft. And they don't join professional associations. Here, let me introduce you: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights/Web…

Never let a little research stand in the way of some false assumptions if it produces snarky gossip. Didn't realize that was the primary journalistic principal at the Washington “Independent”……


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