Oct 17, 2019 - Economy & Business
Billionaire W.Va. governor's family business received maximum amount of trade war farm aid
The family business of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) received the maximum $125,000 allowed under a federal program designed to aid farmers during the U.S.-China trade war, according to records reviewed by AP.
By the numbers: Justice's farming company took in $121,398 in soybean subsidies and $3,602 for corn — despite the fact that the median payments for the program are $6,438 and $152, respectively. A study of Department of Agriculture data from earlier this year showed that more than 50% of the farm aid went to the nation's largest and wealthiest farms.
Go deeper: Farm aid from Trump's trade war has cost more than double the 2009 auto bailout