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West Virginia AG still handing out money



On Feb. 12, Chief Deputy AG Fran Hughes told the [West Virginia] Senate Finance Committee that the office will stop giving away money from settlements of the state's lawsuits. [Attorney General Darrell] McGraw's office has drawn criticism over that practice, mostly because the critics say the Legislature is the only state government entity authorized to distribute public funds.

"This is not going to repeat itself in the future," Hughes assured Senate Finance Committee chairman Walt Helmick during the Feb. 12 meeting. "We are not interested in being the center of controversy."

One week later, McGraw's office distributed part of an installment payment in a settlement with Purdue Pharma to local counties over bipartisan opposition. (Chris Dickerson, Legal Newsline, Mar. 1; West Virginia Record, Mar. 8). Earlier discussion: Feb. 25, 2006.

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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