Anthony "Tony" Mayville, supervisor of mine safety enforcement for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is chairman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee in southern Illinois.
In May 2011, Mayville left DNR to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
returned to DNR
in August 2012.
Mayville is running for state representative in the 115th District in southern Illinois.
A $2,000 check made out to the county committee from Cline's Foresight Energy Services
was deposited in Mayville's
own campaign fund in March 2013.
transferred the money to the county committee in January 2014.
In November 2013, a 36-year-old coal miner named Dallas Travelstead
died at Cline's Sugar Camp coal mine near Macedonia, Ill., while shoveling coal.
A large chunk of rock and coal fell on top of him and pinned him.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration's investigation of that death continues.
and the Washington County Democratic Central Committee
have each accepted donations from other coal interests in the past.
In 2006, the Washington County committee accepted a $500 donation from Peabody Investments Corp
, which is an arm of coal mining company Peabody Energy
Mayville was not chairman of the committee at the time.
Under the state law, if Mayville
solicited the contributions, it would be a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Chris McCloud, spokesman for DNR, said the contributions to the committee controlled by Mayville came to light when Mayville sought permission from DNR director Marc Miller to run for elected office.
"After learning that Mr. Mayville
may have violated agency policy, we immediately launched an investigation."
McCloud says Mayville
is currently on an unpaid leave of absence, and the matter has been referred to the Office of the Executive Inspector General.
isn't the only public official to take money from Chris Cline.
Will Reynolds, a Springfield environmental activist and writer who discovered the campaign contributions to Mayville, says the contributions are significant because DNR is preparing to regulate high-volume hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas.