GOP Leader's Wife Part of 'War on Coal'

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao arrive at Bellarmine University to cast their ballots during Kentucky's primary elections in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2014. McConnell is running against Republican challenger Matt Bevin.     REUTERS/John Sommers II  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3Q1GL

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    While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may be lambasting his Democratic opponent for helping wage a "war on coal" it turns out he might want to get his own house in order first. McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, is on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has dropped a cool $50 million into the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" effort. That campaign's stated goal is to kill the coal industry. The group even features a map of Kentucky with plants represented by skulls and crossbones. Chao also sits on the board of Wells Fargo, which caused a stir in 2013 when it announced it was divesting from surface coal mining in Appalachia for environmental reasons. On that board, Chao made $332,350 from compensation, stock, and fees in 2011.

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