Restoring Trust In W.Va. Agency
A state auditor’s report that “consumer protection” money was mismanaged by former West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s office comes as no surprise. While the audit did not accuse McGraw’s office of spending money inappropriately, it did point out multiple violations of state purchasing rules.
Fortunately, McGraw’s 20-year tenure as attorney general was ended by voters last fall. They picked Patrick Morrisey to replace him.
Morrisey’s office is implementing a variety of new safeguards to ensure money received from consumer protection lawsuits is spent appropriately. Among the most important changes is that much of the money will be transferred to the state general fund, for use as legislators see fit. McGraw refused steadfastly to do that.
Misuse of money from consumer protection lawsuits – with some of it spent to promote McGraw – left a very bad taste in many West Virginians’ mouths. So, while Morrisey is cleaning things up, it will take some time to restore trust.
To that end, Morrisey should request a state audit early next year, so West Virginians can see evidence of improvements.