Richard Baxter Gilliam
Richard Baxter Gilliam is an American executive and founder of the Abingdon, Virginia-based coal extractor Cumberland Resources. In 2010, Gilliam sold Cumberland Resources to Massey Energy (currently Alpha Natural Resources) for $960 million.
Gilliam is a major conservative donor in Virginia, giving $750,000 in 2012 to American Crossroads, a Super PAC established by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, and to pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future. In 2009, Gilliam was the fifth largest donor to the campaign of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. In November 2010, McDonnell appointed Gilliam to the state's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.
Following the indictment of Governor McDonnell and his wife Maureen Gilliam donated $50,000 towards paying for their legal fees.
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