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

July 20, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

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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