Union PAC gets $250,000 from construction trades

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A union-formed political committee in West Virginia has received $250,000 from a construction labor interest group.

The super PAC called Honest West Virginians received the check from the West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council in late June.

AFL-CIO Treasurer Josh Sword said his group started the committee last month to combat opposition outside spending on elections.

With several competitive congressional and state races, Sword said the group is still planning its involvement. Unions typically support Democrats.

Already, $3.3 million from third-party groups have flooded the re-election campaign of Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall.

The conservative Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance have spent $2 million of that on anti-Rahall ads. The liberal House Majority PAC has invested $1.1 million to attack his opponent, Democrat-turned-Republican state Sen. Evan Jenkins.

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