Target: Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia
Goal: Pay millions of dollars in business fines owed to the federal government.
Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia, who owns several mining operations in the state, owes about $4.6 million in fines and penalties to the federal government. These fines are from safety violations in his mines. One of the richest men in West Virginia, with a fortune of $1.5 billion, he should have had no trouble paying these fines.
His situation is only one more that demonstrates the trouble that occurs when businessmen get involved in politics and interests become conflicted. While running his business, Governor Justice clearly has shown no respect for the safety of his workers or the laws of the federal government.
Governor Justice should hold himself to the standards of the office in which he inhabits. He should show his citizens he does care about their welfare and about the law by paying these millions of dollars in fines he owes for previous violations. Sign the petition to demand that Governor Justice pay these fines.
Dear Governor Justice,
Recent reports show that you owe the federal government $4.6 million dollars in safety fines and penalties held over from your several mining operations in the state of West Virginia. As of the time you entered office earlier this month, these fines are still unpaid.
These outstanding fines are not only troubling because they signify that your held your business interests above the safety of your employees, but they also demonstrate that you show little respect for the law. As one of the richest men in West Virginia, you have the means of paying these fines. As governor of the people of West Virginia, you have the duty and the obligation to do so. I ask that you pay your fines so that you show your constituents you hold the law in high regard.
[Your Name Here]
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