Richard Baxter Gilliam

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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.[1]

Public activity[edit]

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.[2] In 2009, Gilliam was the fifth largest donor to the campaign of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.[3] In November 2010, McDonnell appointed Gilliam to the state's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.[4]

Following the indictment of Governor McDonnell and his wife Maureen Gilliam donated $50,000 towards paying for their legal fees.


  1. ^ "Massey buying Cumberland Resources for $960 mln". Reuters. March 16, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "In purple Virginia, red super PACs get the green". Washington Post. August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Public Access Project; Bob McDonnell". Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Governor McDonnell Announces Additional Appointments to Administration". Office of the Governor. November 19, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2012.