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9/13/2004

Horizon Natural Resources and Politics: Follow the Money

Horizon Natural Resources (a.k.a AEI Resources, Addington Bros. Inc and dozens of other names) has a long and expensive history of funding Republican Candidates in Elections.


As you've read many times in this blog ,Horizon got a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge to agree to voiding of union contracts and thus cutting off nearly 3,000 of their employees and retirees medical coverage. A heartless decision that has left many lives devastated, especially the retirees --which many are suffering from blacklung and now have no form of medical benefits.


After searching through soft money donations to election campaigns I found some very interesting information about who the top CEO's of Horizon spent their personal and corporate donation money on in the elections.


AEI Resources (Horizon Natural Resources) was the top soft money contributor in Kentucky for the past 2 Election cycles:

2001-2002 $357,500 given to Republican campaigns

1999-2000 $535,000 given to back Republican campaigns


Larry Addington has contributed more than $800,000 to political groups and candidates over the past three years.

What are Horizon's Top Brass Up to in the Upcomong Elections?
Thus far in the 2004 elections here is how those top members of the now bankrupt Horizon Natural Resources are spending their money in the upcoming elections:

Information comes from the Federal Election Commission Website and all contributions are public record.


  • ADDINGTON, LARRY C MR ASHLAND,KY 41102
    A. E. I. RESOURCES INC./CHAIRMAN
    1/23/2004
    $25,000
    Republican National Cmte

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY MR CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    5/23/2003
    $25,000
    National Republican Congressional Cmte

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES/EXECUTIVE
    10/6/2003
    $10,000
    Republican Party of Kentucky

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    AEI RESOURCES INC./BUSINESSMAN
    6/11/2003
    $5,000
    Bluegrass Cmte

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    AEI RESOURCES/CEO
    4/8/2004
    $2,000
    Northup, Anne M (R)

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY MR CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    AEI RESOURCES INC./ENTREPRENEUR
    3/3/2004
    $2,000
    Bush, George W (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    SELF-EMPLOYED/BUSINESS
    3/31/2004
    $2,000
    Republican National Cmte
  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT R MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APPALACHIAN FUELS L.L.C./BUSINESS
    2/3/2004
    $2,000
    Bush, George W(R)

  • ADDINGTON, STEPHEN C MR ASHLAND,KY 41102
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES/MANAGEMENT
    3/3/2004
    $2,000
    Bush, George W(R)

  • ADDINGTON A BRUCE LEXINGTON,KY 40516
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES/BUSINESSMAN
    10/16/2003
    $1,000
    Rogers, Hal (R)

  • ADDINGTON LARRY CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES/COAL EXECUTIV
    8/12/2003
    $1,000
    Rogers, Hal (R)

  • ADDINGTON ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    ADDINGTON INC./ENTREPRENEUR
    8/22/2003
    $1,000
    Rogers, Hal (R)

  • ADDINGTON, A BRUCE LEXINGTON,KY 40516
    SEVEN PEAKS MINING/EXECUTIVE
    1/5/2004
    $1,000
    Kerr, Alice Forgy (R)

  • ADDINGTON, BRUCE LEXINGTON,KY 40516
    AEI/BUSINESSMAN
    10/17/2003
    $1,000
    Northup, Anne M (R)

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES INC
    5/5/2003
    $1,000
    Bunning, Jim (R)

  • ADDINGTON, LARRY CATLETTSBURG,KY 41129
    ADDINGTON ENTERPRISES INC
    5/5/2003
    $1,000
    Bunning, Jim (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    AEI RESOURCES/VICE PRESIDENT
    9/22/2003
    $1,000
    Northup, Anne M (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    AEI RESOURCES/VICE PRESIDENT
    12/26/2003
    $1,000
    Northup, Anne M (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    AEI RESOURCES/VICE PRESIDENT
    6/25/2004
    $1,000
    Northup, Anne M (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APP. FUELS LLC/BUSINESSMAN
    1/28/2004
    $1,000
    Kerr, Alice Forgy (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APP. FUELS LLC/BUSINESSMAN
    2/6/2004
    $1,000
    Kerr, Alice Forgy (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APPALACHIAN FUELS
    6/25/2004
    $1,000
    Bunning, Jim (R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT R MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APPALACHIAN FUELS L.L.C./BUSINESS
    7/24/2003
    $1,000
    Bush, George W(R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    SELF-EMPLOYED
    7/31/2003
    $750
    Republican National Cmte (R)

  • ADDINGTON, CHRISTIE ASHLAND,KY 41102
    AEI INC./PRESIDENT
    4/8/2004
    $500
    Northup, Anne M(R)

  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    APPALACHIAN FUELS/BUSINESS
    2/4/2003
    $500
    National Republican Congressional Cmte
  • ADDINGTON, ROBERT MR LEXINGTON,KY 40509
    SELF-EMPLOYED/BUSINESS
    10/29/2003
    $500
    Republican National Cmte

Draw your own conclusions, but before you do read this link....

WASHINGTON -- Eastern Kentucky coal magnate Larry Addington has contributed more than $800,000 to political groups and candidates over the past three years giving more money to the Republican Party last year than such corporate giants as Exxon Mobil Corp. ...

Makes you wonder if the Horizon gang wouldn't have given so much in soft money to elections, maybe they could have had money to run their business better instead of devastating 3,000 lives by filing bankruptcy and cutting off their employees and retirees medical benefits.

To date none of the elected officials Horizon donated money to has made a comment to the media or replied to letters written by concerned citizens to them regarding Horizon's bankruptcy.

Not a single comment has been made about what has happened to the miners as result of the bankruptcy ruling-- That's something for families in Kentucky to think about when the go to the polls in Nov.

Its easy to to draw a conclusion that their silence means Horizon got what they paid for.

SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION TO KEEP THE PROMISE TO THE COAL MINERS

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have a list of the millions the family has donated to charity in the past 10 years?

7:28 PM  
Blogger Resist Oppression said...

No I have no records of their "charitable" contributions, because that is not public record and nor should it be.
When it comes to campaign finance, that is public record and is often a good indication of special interest financing...a new way of vote buying and good ol' boys politics.
This bankrupt business (no matter what incarnation it was) donated millions to the RNC candidates and that money could have been used for their failing company which would have benefited their workers.
Power to the people, not large corporations that oppress their workers.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the Horizon bunch and Addingtons get their checkbooks out and make charitable contribution to the coal miners whose lives they ruined. Those are the people who need it right now.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the person who made the original comment is a no good Horizon suck up

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate people who suck up to corporations

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just to let people know ever since the bankrupcy the addingtons have no ties with horizon in any way they were asked to be removed by the banks so they could file and had no interest in the company after that time

sign Herizion Employee

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the addington main reson for filing the first bankrupcy when the addintons owned it was the company that suppled the bonds lost its rating so the state of kentucky told them they had to find a new bond company with in a shor time the problem was no bond company wanted to issue them without 100% cash collateral being many coal companys went bankrupt that year so the bank lend the company the money to put up bond but they wanted the addingtons to step down and let the banks own it and they needed time to reoganize the bonds and money then the next two bankrups where finance problems created by the banks witch own the company not the addingtons they were not even part of the company nore do they hold any interest in it

Herizion Employee

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point of the entry we are debating was if the Addingtons had been managing their money correctly they would have had a successful business and would have never had to sell, but instead they gave their money to Republican politicians and floundered it in other ways and their business failed.
Perhaps the Addingtons didn't have anything to do with Horizon, but oddly enough most coal journals, newspapers and general public regarded Horizon as a front or created company in order to keep operating.
Personally I don't understand why anyone who was an employee would try to defend any of this whether it be Addington Bros. or Horizon because both were not respectable employers by any means.

11:36 AM  

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