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State Attorney General Races to Watch

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State Attorney General Races to Watch

From Carrie Severino's column in National Review :

McGraw has been attorney general of West Virginia since 1992, and his willingness to engage in contingency-fee arrangements and misuse settlement funds is troubling. According to a 2010 report by Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which rated McGraw as one of the worst attorneys general in the nation:

In 1996, [McGraw] brought a lawsuit against state agencies that was settled at a cost to taxpayers of more than $2 million, all of which was pocketed by the trial lawyer whom McGraw hired to bring the suit. McGraw also has regularly diverted money recovered by the state from legal settlements to friends and allies,112 endangering West Virginia’s Medicaid funding in the process. As The West Virginia Record notes, he regularly hires “lawyers who are also his faithful campaign contributors. These appointments, most often made without an open and public process, have helped earn outside legal firms huge sums of money in partnership with the powerful office of Attorney General.”