West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin tried to secure a personal “Governor’s Helicopter” during his time as the state’s governor, using funding from a prescription drug settlement that was intended to combat illegal drug use.
A decade ago, the state of West Virginia was set to receive $44 million from the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, over its misleading claims concerning the addictiveness of the drug, just as the death from opioid addiction was skyrocketing in the state.
Manchin’s office publicly touted his role in deciding how to spend the settlement money, with Joe Thornton, the governor’s cabinet secretary for military affairs and public safety, saying “we may be wanting to think out of the box a little bit” on how to use the funds.
The “out of the box” attitude led to Manchin requesting $3 million for the helicopter, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
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