Chris Redfern, Ohio Democratic Party
Submitted by: Editor
Robert Murray Under Criminal Investigation For Violating Federal Elections Law
Excerpt from the complaint:
The Honorable Steven M. Dettelbach
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
United States Court House
801 West Superior Avenue, Suite 400
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1852
October 8, 2012
Dear Mr. Dettelbach,
On behalf of the Ohio Democratic Party, I write to formally request a criminal investigation concerning a recent report suggesting the Murray Energy Corporation, its subsidiaries, and management (“Murray Energy”) may have engaged in a pattern of illegal activity, extorting millions in financial contributions from employees and vendors for Republican candidates running for public office.
I wish to bring your attention to the attached document, first published on October 4, 2012 by Alec MacGillis of The New Republic magazine, titled “Coal Miner’s Donor: A Mitt Romney benefactor and his surprisingly generous donors” (“Report”) containing alleged accounts of two Murray Energy managerial sources and internal company documentation that raise the specter of possible criminal activity. For your convenience, these internal documents are also attached.
The Report raises serious questions about whether Murray Energy’s solicitation of hundreds of thousands of dollars for Ohio state Republicans such as Governor Kasich, and millions more for federal candidates like Mitt Romney, Josh Mandel, Jim Renacci, Bill Johnson, and more, involved extortion, money laundering, racketeering, and other violations of Title 18 of the US criminal code.
Because this Report also raises possible violations of Ohio criminal law and 29 CFR Section 114.2(f)(iv) and (ii) of federal elections law, this letter has also been forwarded to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and the Federal Elections Commission.
Attached you will also find record of Murray Energy’s more than $720,000 in political giving to Ohio state candidates, and millions more to federal candidates (these attached records cover varying time periods and do not include itemized tallies for presidential candidates or SuperPacs). To be clear, we do not posses reason to believe any of the candidates listed in the attached spreadsheets knowingly received the proceeds of any potential extortion or other illegal acts. However, this accounting of Murray Energy’s political contributions helpfully illustrates certain patterns, and shows how pervasive extent of the company’s fundraising power.