DeWine To Hobnob With Coal Baron Donor And Trump Less Than 100 Miles From Lordstown

Robert Murray Maxed Out to DeWine’s Campaign, Gave $1M to Groups Backing Trump

COLUMBUS — For the second time this year, Donald Trump is holding a big-dollar fundraiser less than 100 miles from Lordstown, Ohio, with no plans to visit the now-shuttered factory and talk with displaced workers — and Mike DeWine will be joining him at the event, hosted by coal baron Robert Murray.

“When he was asked about General Motors closing their Lordstown plant, Donald Trump said, ‘It doesn’t really matter’ — and you can tell it doesn’t matter to him because he’s holding yet another fundraiser just down the road from Lordstown, and he has refused to meet with the workers,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Later this month Trump will hobnob with his campaign donor, Robert Murray, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who also has gotten big contributions from Murray. It’s pay-to-play at its finest — Murray writes checks, and then he writes executive orders for the president to sign. Meanwhile, Ohio workers are still getting screwed.”

Robert Murray donated $12, 707.79 to DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign.

According to OpenSecrets, “Affiliates of Murray Energy donated a total of about $84,000 to Trump’s campaign and Murray devoted $1 million to outside groups backing Trump in 2016.

Murray then drafted six executive orders for the president to sign.

In March Trump attended a high-dollar fundraiser at Canton’s Brookside Country Club, which is less than 50 miles from Lordstown, but did not visit the now-shuttered GM plant.