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State Treasurer Riley Moore earlier this week received the Consumers’ Research “Consumers’ Champion Award” for efforts to defend West Virginia residents and businesses from harm being imposed through the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) movement.

Treasurer Moore received the award on Monday, Nov. 14, during the State Financial Officers Foundation 2022 Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I am thrilled to give the Consumers’ Champion Award to Treasurer Moore,” said Will Hild, Executive Director of Consumers’ Research. “Because of his leadership, West Virginians are protected from financial institutions looking to put politics ahead of their duties. For too long, woke firms such as BlackRock have been allowed to dictate policy and attempt to force behaviors on consumers to fit their progressive narrative. Now, we are seeing states fight back against these progressive policies that hurt Americans, and it is because we have elected officials like Treasurer Moore leading the charge.”

Consumers’ Research is an independent educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the knowledge and understanding of issues, policies, products, and services of concern to consumers and to promote the freedom to act on that knowledge and understanding.

The organization recognized Treasurer Moore specifically for his efforts to divest the state’s operating funds from BlackRock Inc., his implementation of the state’s Restricted Financial Institution List (Senate Bill 262) which prohibits business with companies engaged in boycotts of fossil fuel industries, and his advocacy on national issues, such as the coalition to oppose Sarah Bloom Raskin’s appointment to the Federal Reserve.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from Will Hild and Consumers’ Research, who have done tremendous work in raising awareness of the dangers of these radical ESG policies,” Treasurer Moore said.

“Since taking office, I have made it my mission to fight back against the globalist woke elites who are using ESG policies to try to force their extreme agenda on our economy and way of life. These policies are hurting the West Virginia economy and go against the values of our people.

“We will not pay for our own destruction, and that’s why we will no longer support businesses whose corporate policies directly threaten the interests and livelihoods of West Virginians and freedom-loving people across America. I’m proud to stand with Will Hild and Consumers’ Research – and all my colleagues who have joined our cause – to fight back for our economic freedom.”

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