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Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Doing The Bidding of His Coal Industry Donors?

This morning, Talking Points Memo published an interview with George Elmaraghy, a former watchdog at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency who blames the coal industry’s influence with Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) for being forced out of his job over including strong federal pollution limits in permits to Ohio coal companies.

Miners Say They Were Forced To Attend Mitt Romney Rally at Mine Owned by Romney Donor

During a rally with Mitt Romney at a coal mine in Ohio earlier this month, “The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid.”

The mine was shut down for the day, the workers were not paid and employees “feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally.”