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.[1] In 2010, Gilliam sold Cumberland Resources to Massey Energy (currently Alpha Natural Resources) for $960 million.[2]

Public activity[edit]

Gilliam is a major conservative donor in Virginia, giving $750,000 in 2012 to American Crossroads and to Restore Our Future.[3] In 2009, Gilliam was the fifth largest donor to the campaign of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.[4] In November 2010, McDonnell appointed Gilliam to the state's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.[5] Gilliam was also a top donor to Ken Cuccinelli's 2013 gubernatorial campaign.[6]


  1. ^ Giddens, Tharon (October 8, 2012). "Covering the role of coal in Virginia". Columbia Journalism Review. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Massey buying Cumberland Resources for $960 mln". Reuters. March 16, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "In purple Virginia, red super PACs get the green". Washington Post. August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Virginia Public Access Project; Bob McDonnell". Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Governor McDonnell Announces Additional Appointments to Administration". Office of the Governor. November 19, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Top 5 Ken Cuccinelli campaign donors". Center for Public Integrity. November 4, 2013. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.