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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice under fire for his use of COVID-19 money

February 15th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is coming under fire and could be subject to an ethics investigation for his use of COVID-19 money. Justice signed off on spending more than $23 million on his COVID-19 vaccination campaign, an incentive program that gave away pickup trucks, rifles and lawn mowers. The “Do It For Babydog” sweepstakes, named for Justice’s English bulldog, was the governor’s 2021 statewide prize drawing in which residents had to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to gain eligibility for a variety of prizes…

Following the sweepstakes, the state’s vaccination rate barely budged.  A report has now been released  from the state auditor detailing how the governor spent millions on prizes for adults and kids