Mooney holds a financial advantage over McKinley
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – U.S. Representative Alex Mooney maintains his cash advantage over Representative David McKinley in the Republican primary for West Virginia’s new 2nd congressional district.
Each candidate filed quarterly financial reports with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, less than a month before the state primary election. Mooney’s campaign for Congress brought in $1.4 million in hand, compared to McKinley’s $1 million for Congress. Mooney finished last year with a reserve of $2.4 million compared to McKinley with $1.6 million.
The latest reports detail contributions and expenditures from January 1 to March 31.
The Mooney campaign brought in $464,766 last quarter. The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund made a $1,000 contribution on February 22. Procter & Gamble Co., which operates a manufacturing plant in Berkeley County, paid $3,500. Campaigns for Republican Representatives. Bob Good of Virginia and Ron Estes of Kansas each donated $2,000.
McKinley raised more than Mooney — $481,805 — in the three months. Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice each donated $2,900 to the campaign, the maximum amount an individual can donate to a candidate. The governor endorsed McKinley in February, describing the six-term congressman as “a fighter for the people of West Virginia.”
Brian Abraham, the governor’s chief of staff, donated $250 to McKinley, and Bray Cary, a former Justice Department senior adviser, donated $1,000. Marshall University Board of Governors Chairman Patrick Farrell — who is also president of Service Pump and Supply — contributed $1,000, as did Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce.
The United States Chamber of Commerce paid McKinley $2,500 through its campaign arm during the quarter. PACs for Dominion Energy Inc. and Dow Inc. donated $3,500 and $1,000 respectively during the period, and West Virginians for Coal – the PAC for the West Virginia Coal Association – contributed $250 to the McKinley campaign .
The Mooney campaign spent $1,441,135 in the last quarter. The payments included $66,979 to law firm Wiley Rein LLP and $5,428 to Chalmers & Adams LLC, a political law firm with offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The payments to Wiley Rein are tied to a congressional investigation into the Mooney campaign and nonpolitical spending. The House Office of Congressional Ethics released a report last fall detailing Mooney’s failure to properly report more than $40,000 in campaign funds spent on fast food and personal travel.
“Rep. Mooney’s campaign committees have reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenses attributable to bona fide campaigning or political purposes,” the office’s board said. .
“Whether Rep. Mooney converted campaign funds from his campaign committees for personal use, or whether Rep. Mooney’s campaign committees expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaigning or policies, then Rep. Mooney may have violated house rules, standards of conduct. , and federal law.
MetroNews has contacted the Mooney campaign regarding payments to Chalmers & Adams.
The McKinley campaign spent about $1 million over the three months. The campaign also has $815,000 in debt and obligations owed from McKinley’s 2010 campaign; McKinley took out a $500,000 personal loan in December.
The West Virginia Legislature approved a new two-district congressional map during redistricting efforts last year. The new 2nd Congressional District includes the Beggars and Northern Counties of West Virginia. McKinley is originally from Wheeling and Mooney has lived in Charles Town since moving from Maryland in early 2013.
The McKinley-Mooney contest is one of five nationwide races involving two congressional incumbents in the same district.
McKinley attacked Mooney as a political opportunist who moved to West Virginia to secure an open seat in Congress in the 2014 election. He also criticized his current colleague for the ongoing ethics investigation.
Mooney defended his voting record as being based on conservative principles, criticizing McKinley for backing last year’s Infrastructure Act and backing a committee to investigate the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. McKinley and 12 other House Republicans voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in which West Virginia is set to receive billions of dollars for road improvements, internet expansion broadband and utility system upgrade. McKinley opposes the current House Select Committee investigating the riot, in which lawmakers are examining actions related to Donald Trump supporters trying to prevent certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
As for Trump, he cited the two votes as reasons to endorse Mooney.
“Rep. Alex Mooney has done an outstanding job as a congressman in West Virginia. In fact, he recently opposed the Biden administration’s horrible ‘non-infrastructural’ plan, and he stood up to opposed to the January 6 Committee, also known as the Partisan and Degenerate Hacks Screening Committee,” Trump said in November.
“He will always protect our Second Amendment, and the fact that Alex is fighting for energy and beautiful, clean coal is especially important – and he will never stop. Congressman Alex Mooney has my full and complete endorsement!
West Virginians have until Tuesday to register to vote in the primary election. The early voting period will begin on April 27.
Election day is May 10.