Senator Manchin’s Campaign Funded by Green Energy, Fossil Fuel Groups
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Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., has received millions in donations from oil, gas and coal industry groups over the years, but he also brings in donations from organizations and companies in green energy, according to its filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Manchin brought in more than $1.1 million in donations from political action committees and corporations between January 2021 and June 2022, a small portion of his total of more than $7 million during that time. Most donations from corporate PACs and other organizations come from the fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries, but Manchin has also received thousands of dollars in donations from green and renewable energy groups.
Groups like PACs associated with West Virginia-based solar and wind energy company Clearway Energy Group, Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy, EDF Renewables and EDP Renewables, have contributed to Manchin’s campaign over the course of the last year and a half.
Manchin is not eligible for re-election until 2024, and he has not announced whether he plans to seek a new term in the Senate. Fox News Digital contacted Manchin’s office, but he did not provide a statement.
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Manchin receives numerous donations from fossil fuel companies and lobbyists, with campaign finance watcher OpenSecrets declaring him the top recipient of donations from the coal, oil and gas, mining, tobacco and auto industries. . Donations from individuals linked to energy companies add more weight to Manchin’s support for fossil fuel companies, and Manchin still benefits from the coal company he founded before he entered politics.
After Manchin killed the Build Back Better program and torpedoed the massive climate initiatives attached to it, climate activists and progressive politicians castigated him as a traitor to the Democratic Party.
But that tune changed after Manchin announced an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., on the Cut Inflation Act, which includes spending hundreds of billions on programs climatic.
Some climate activists have criticized the quirkiness of the massive climate spending in the Cut Inflation Act because the proposal advances several fossil fuel projects, streamlining mining permit and pipeline approvals, while helping billions to climate grant and tax credit programs.
“This is a climate suicide pact,” Center for Biological Diversity director of government affairs Brett Hartl said in a statement last week. “It is counter-productive to link the development of renewable energies to a massive new extraction of oil and gas. themselves from filthy fossil fuels. »
Still, aside from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., most climate-conscious liberal members of Congress are positive about the bill. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who describes himself as a climate hawk, hailed the bill last week as “the greatest climate action in human history.”
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told Politico this week that he informed Manchin that progressive politicians would support a bill that included some fossil fuel allocations if it involved “massive climate spending.”
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“If you can get the massive climate share, it will be 10 to 1 in terms of positive impact, and I think you will be seen as helping to write history as having ushered in, from the state of West Virginia, the most aggressive climate legislation in the history of the world,” Khanna told Manchin in a conversation earlier this year.
The Cut Inflation Act includes $433 billion in new spending for green energy programs and expanding Affordable Care Act benefits. The new spending would be funded by raising $739 billion in revenue through higher corporate taxes and tougher IRS enforcement. The extra revenue balance would offset the deficit, leading Democrats to insist the bill will reduce inflation going forward.
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Since the announcement of the Cut Inflation Act, Republicans have criticized Manchin for caving in to President Biden’s policy agenda after holding the line against the Build Back Better proposals. And some suggest he would face a tough road to re-election if he runs again.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said the Manchin seat would be a GOP target in 2024, Politico reported Wednesday.