"Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican. Blankenship served one year in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards in the wake of an explosion that killed 29 miners in April 2010.
The Federal Election Commission and the Senate Office of Public Records had yet to receive Blankenship’s filing as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. However, West Virginia’s Republican party chairman Conrad Lucas as well as Greg Thomas, a representative for Blankenship, has confirmed the filing. Thomas said filings with the FEC were being made Wednesday.
Candidates for U.S. Senate are required to file on paper by mail or in person through the Senate Office of Public Records, according to that office. Electronic submissions -- by email, fax, etc. -- are not allowed. "