FEC records show coal company Murray Energy Corp. gave $100,000 to Karl Rove's American Crossroads in September, just weeks before sacking dozens of employees as part of its plan to go into "survival mode."
The Ohio-based company announced last week it would lay off 163 employees, citing the results of the general election and a regulatory onslaught to come.
Coal executive Robert E. Murray told employees that because Obama had won a second term, "we cannot bleed cash waiting for our competitors to be eliminated," according to a memo to employees. "We must totally go into survival mode and generate all the cash that we can from whatever we still have left."
The $100,000 spent by the company was hardly Murray Energy's only expenditure this year.
In 2011-12, the company, Murray Energy PAC and Murray Energy Corp. employees spent more than $2.8 million on political campaign contributions and lobbying.
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