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Mitch McConnell's wife sits on the board of a group working to kill the coal industry
Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2014 | Chris Moody

Posted on 08/10/2014 10:56:10 PM PDT by george76

For the pro-coal senator, the "war on coal" begins at home.

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while McConnell presents himself as a defender of Kentucky coal mining, a member of his own family who serves as a key campaign surrogate is taking a role in an organization that funds one of the most aggressive anti-coal campaigns in the country.

McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry.

In 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies teamed up with the Sierra Club to target coal plants for closure in an effort to "end our nation’s reliance on dirty coal, plant-by-plant, community-by-community, and state-by-state," according to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ website.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies isn’t the only group Chao represents that has taken a stand against the coal industry. She also sits on the board of directors at Wells Fargo, which in 2013 announced that it would divest from surface mining of coal in Appalachia due to environmental concerns. In the bank’s Environmental and Social Risk Management report, the company announced that it would no longer lend to coal companies that participate in “Mountain Top Removal” (MTR), in which miners extract coal from mountain summits.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: New York; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; coal; coalindustry; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; waroncoal

1 posted on 08/10/2014 10:56:10 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Ditch Mitch, by any means necessary.


2 posted on 08/10/2014 10:59:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

You have a choice....elect a Democrat-pretending-to-be-Republican or an authentic-Democrat. That’s about it. Even throwing a 3rd party person into the mix...just guarantees twenty percent of the state vote goes into a black box and is without value. Might as well vote Democrat and do the right thing.


3 posted on 08/10/2014 11:02:16 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: george76

This story = McConnell = “toast”


4 posted on 08/10/2014 11:10:42 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team fmore Marxists coming.)
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To: george76

My electricity rates just “necessarily skyrocketed” 50% last month. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.


5 posted on 08/10/2014 11:25:53 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? If not us then who?)
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To: george76

So Grimes claim that she is the pro-coal Senate candidate is kind of true?


6 posted on 08/10/2014 11:49:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: george76

Miotch is Soetoro’s biotch.


7 posted on 08/10/2014 11:53:35 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: george76

She’s a NK lookalike. Any organization that spends 50mil to kill jobs deserves to be burned to the ground and shut down.


8 posted on 08/10/2014 11:55:53 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Paladin2
Ditch Mitch, by any means necessary.

And elect whom?

The chance to ditch Mitch has passed. Any who advocate it serve the Regime!

9 posted on 08/10/2014 11:58:35 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: george76

This will kill his election. It shows him for the fraud that he is.

And how do these elites end up marrying each other? Where’s is first wife? Any kids?


10 posted on 08/11/2014 12:25:36 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: george76

How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA
July 30, 2014

http://1.usa.gov/XeTQ1R


11 posted on 08/11/2014 3:38:21 AM PDT by Haddit
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To: cynwoody

I prefer my enemies in front of me, not traitors behind me. Cochran and Harry Reids’ B**** er. Mitch must go. Vote for all who conservatives and do not vote for GOPe


12 posted on 08/11/2014 4:14:22 AM PDT by slapshot
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To: george76

Of course this information was held back until after the primary.


13 posted on 08/11/2014 4:40:08 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: george76

Arrogance; stupidity; or both?


14 posted on 08/11/2014 4:54:27 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: cynwoody

Straw man argument trotted out again by the GOPE. Nice try, won’t work. Mitch may win, he may not he is on his own. He made it clear he didn’t want conservative votes so why are you shilling for them??? Seriously you people in the GOPE wanted no part of conservatives so why are you bitching, moaning and pleading for their votes now???

As for Mitch’s wife working for a kook anti-coal organization, this is not a shock at all, follow the $$$. Mitch and his honey are about the $$$ and power, they don’t care where it comes from as long as they are the recipients of it and if you think he gives a crap about Kentucky or the country you are deluding yourself.


15 posted on 08/11/2014 10:48:18 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: george76

Mitch is bought. What else is he getting paid off for?


16 posted on 08/11/2014 11:37:46 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: sarge83; All
He will have a Libertarian running against him.

We all know that is the political grim reaper, especially if Tea Party Conservatives are feeling rather vindictive the day they go into the booth...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/11/Libertarian-on-Kentucky-Senate-Ballot-Could-Hurt-McConnell

17 posted on 08/12/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT by taildragger (Not my Circus, Not my Monkey ( Boy does that apply to DC...))
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To: Paladin2

Ditch Mitch, by any means necessary.
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Even if it means voting for the Dem candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Does anybody know if the Grimes camp is all over this? If not; they’re stupid.


18 posted on 08/15/2014 4:25:55 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: cynwoody

Ditch Mitch, by any means necessary.

And elect whom? The chance to ditch Mitch has passed. Any who advocate it serve the Regime!
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WHOMever we freakin’ want to. If you would not make statements like the one you made above, people would just think your a RINO-loving, ass kisser. Now they know that AND they know just how ignorant you really are.


19 posted on 08/15/2014 4:31:22 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

This will kill his election. It shows him for the fraud that he is.
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BULLSHIT!!! I wish with everything within me that you were right. I loathe that scumbag, p.o.s., Mitch McConnell. But, most voters are uninformed and/or stupid. It’s all about money and name recognition. Whomever has the most of those, wins. It’s a sad day in America.


20 posted on 08/15/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: taildragger

Ping for later reading.


21 posted on 08/15/2014 4:36:38 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: george76

She apparently is a spy to learn the secrets to tell the Friends Of Coal


22 posted on 08/15/2014 4:37:45 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: Paladin2

This will injure McConnell in Kentucky. Grimes isn’t any better, but she’ll be able to say that: “See, he isn’t any better.”


23 posted on 08/15/2014 7:00:15 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: george76

The conclusion of the article appears to be relevant to the discussion:

“A McConnell spokesman defended the senator’s record on coal and pointed to the fact that Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the grant before Chao joined the board.

“The decisions to make those grants by Bloomberg Philanthropies were made before she joined the board and she played no role in the decision to grant them,” Stewart told Yahoo News. “Sen. McConnell has a longstanding, principled record of defending coal families and jobs. Decisions made by a board before Sec. Chao ever joined do not change that and as the Obama administration will tell you, he hasn’t let up an iota in his defense of Kentucky coal families and jobs.””

My wife served on the local Girl Scouts board. I’m sure that, prior to her service on the board, the local Girl Scouts board made some terrible decisions involving support for groups that themselves supported abortion, but not only did my wife not participate in any way in such decisions (which came prior to her service), and never voted for anything untoward (particularly involving abortion, as she is 100% pro-life), but it would be risible to claim that her affiliation with the Girl Scouts would have any bearing on my position on abortion or on how I would vote regarding life issues were I to hold public office.


24 posted on 08/15/2014 7:26:00 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: george76
Ah, yes, Elaine Chao, yet another "gift" from the dimwitted Bush family.
25 posted on 08/15/2014 10:11:57 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

The Girl Scouts have made it plainly clear in discoverable ways that it stands for the tearing apart of human babies if they’re still in the womb (and possibly beyond).

Thus, the mere fact that your wife joined the GS in any capacity only serves to discredit your wife’s ability to discern who she should affiliate herself with.


26 posted on 08/15/2014 10:13:02 AM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Yossarian

“The Girl Scouts have made it plainly clear in discoverable ways that it stands for the tearing apart of human babies if they’re still in the womb (and possibly beyond).

Thus, the mere fact that your wife joined the GS in any capacity only serves to discredit your wife’s ability to discern who she should affiliate herself with.”


OK, and the fact that she was in a local, not national, board, never faced any such issue, and quit after a year, means nothing? Gotcha.

And more to the point, are you accusing me of being pro-abortion because my wife served for a year on the local Girl Scouts board?


27 posted on 08/15/2014 11:07:20 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
And more to the point, are you accusing me of being pro-abortion because my wife served for a year on the local Girl Scouts board?

If the GSA's support for abortion was known before joining the local GS board, even for just a year, than this would be indicative of a level of comfort with abortion being available, and sometimes promoted.

(There's a whole lot of that going around the country - it's easy to be in a sort of truce with abortion, and it is painful to put everything on the line - popularity, the need to leave groups and churches, etc. - to actually END the damnable act.)

If the GSA's support for abortion wasn't known beforehand, than in no way does it make any statement about support for abortion.

There are a whole lot of people in the former camp. I hope you're not, maybe you are, only you and God really know.

But if we could get the people in the latter group to change their comfort level and hold maniacally fast against the storm of abortion, the odds we could actually get rid of it would go way up.

28 posted on 08/16/2014 7:50:39 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Yossarian

We didn’t know about the things the national GSA did until aftermy wife joined the board of the local Girl Scouts group, and she left after one year. But in that year her local board never faced any decision that touched upon abortion in any way, and had she stayed on the board another year it wouldn’t have reflected on her views on abortion, much less on *my* views on abortion.

McConnell’s wife joined a group that does a million different things, and since she’s been there ithere hasn’t been any anti-coal initiative come before the board. Maybe having her on the board has steered the group away from anti-coal activities (just like having pro-lifer Karen Handel on the board of that Komen breast-cancer group led to the group defunding Planned Parenthood, only to yield to blackmail and fund PP again, which caused Handel to resign), but in any event it is silly to say that McConnell is anti-coal, despite his 30-year record in support of the industry, just because his wife joined a group that in the past had supported an anti-coal initiative.


29 posted on 08/17/2014 5:57:25 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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