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ICYMI: AFPF-WV Finds Taxpayer Dollars Used to Support US Attorney’s Personal Policy Position

Aug 17, 2020 by AFP

CHARLESTON, WV – This week, Americans for Prosperity Foundation-West Virginia (AFPF-WV) released initial key findings from a lawsuit confirming that radio advertisements, devised by United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, were paid for at taxpayer expense.

Following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, AFPF-WV confirmed Stuart’s office advocated against state-level policy decisions surrounding criminal justice reforms with a contract totaling at least $86,730 to run these radio ads and other public service announcements (PSA).

Stuart previously criticized then Democratic state Attorney General Darrell McGraw in a 2011 press release for similarly wasting taxpayer dollars on radio ads, calling on him to “to reimburse the taxpayers and the state treasury for his shameless and embarrassing self-promotion.”

Below is coverage of AFPF-WV’s key findings related to the FOIA request the group sought from the Department of Justice:

Read Charleston Gazette’s Story Here

Read West Virginia Record’s Story Here

Read Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Story Here


Listen to Jason Huffman’s Interview with Eastern Panhandle Talk Here
[57:29 – 59:55]

Last week, Americans for Prosperity Foundation-West Virginia (AFPF-WV) released initial key findings from a lawsuit confirming that radio advertisements, devised by United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, were paid for at taxpayer expense.