Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 9, 2013

State says Mingo County PAC didn’t violate law

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The Secretary of State’s office says a Mingo County political action committee’s acceptance of improper contributions didn’t violate any state law.

Team Mingo 2012 received $3,700 in contributions from the campaigns of four Democrats. Secretary of State spokesman Jake Glance has said that campaigns of active candidates can’t make donations to unaffiliated PACs such as Team Mingo 2012.

An attorney for the office, Tim Leach, says in a letter to Team Mingo 2012 that state law doesn’t prohibit PACS from receiving money that may have been improperly donated. Leach says there are exceptions but none apply to Team Mingo 2012.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported the findings Monday. The newspaper says Mingo County Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith, the PAC’s treasurer, provided it with a copy of Leach’s letter.