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A published report found the Sierra Club spent $27 million on its "Beyond Coal" campaign last year. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, recently called that number "disturbing."

The article by SNL Financial Dec. 2 attributed the $27 million figure to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The SNL article quoted Bruce Nilles, Beyond Coal's senior director, as saying a large share of that went to legal fees, and much of that was in appeals that targeted coal companies and coal-burning utilities.

"I wish they would come down to West Virginia and look the people in the eye," Raney said in an interview with The State Journal. "They're taking away their jobs and their livelihoods while they're sitting in their hypocritical ivory tower in Washington, D.C."

Raney said the Beyond Coal campaign harms high school and college students, "shattering their dreams."