Per his Federal Election Commission reports, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has received millions of dollars in contributions from oil, gas, and coal business groups over the years. From January 2021 through June 2022, Manchin received about $1.1 million in funding from political action committees and companies, a small portion of the over $7 million he raised during that time frame. Conversely, Manchin has received tens of thousands of dollars from environmentalists and renewable energy groups in addition to the usual corporate PAC payments.
$1.1 million can do a lot, like you know, change a Senator’s attitude towards extreme government expenditure. In contrast getting only a couple thousands in donations from environmentalists doesn’t really “count for much.” PACs affiliated with Clearway Energy Group, EDF Renewables, Apex Clean Energy, and EDP Renewables have given to Manchin’s campaign during the past year and a half. And people wonder why he has a change of heart towards big budget spending. Manchin’s re-election isn’t until 2024, and he hasn’t said whether he expects to run again.
The coal, natural gas, mining, tobacco, and automobile sectors have all given Manchin large sums of money, making him the top beneficiary of political contributions from these businesses. Manchin’s support for fossil fuel firms is bolstered by individual donations from those who have business ties to energy businesses, and he continues to profit from the coal company he started prior to his stint in politics. It looks like a win-win.
Top Oil & Gas Donations To Senators:— dara faye (@darafaye) August 3, 2022
Joe Manchin $689,860
James Lankford $372,128
Lisa Murkowski $301,418
John Kennedy $237,841
John Hoeven $212,453
Krysten Sinema $205,010
Tim Scott $198,527
Marco Rubio $175,453
Mike Crapo $168,507
John Boozman $163,972
Mike Lee $157,006
Climate activists and liberal lawmakers slammed Manchin as a traitor to the Democratic Party when he canceled the Build Back Better plan and scuttled the enormous climate projects tied to it. However, following Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) announcement that the Inflation Reduction Act will include hundreds of billions of dollars in climate-related expenditure, the mood altered.
Inflation Reduction Act spending has been criticized by some climate activists for having a chimeric style, as it funds several fossil fuel projects, including expediting the approval of extraction authorizations and oil refineries while at the same contributing billions of dollars to climate funding and tax credit initiatives. It basically feeds both the cause of climate issues and also the bodies set up to combat the said climate issues. This has to be a joke.
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“This is a climate suicide pact,” the government relations head for the Center for Biological Diversity, Brett Hartl, stated in a remark last week. “It’s self-defeating to handcuff renewable energy development to massive new oil and gas extraction. The new leasing required in this bill will fan the flames of the climate disasters torching our country, and it’s a slap in the face to the communities fighting to protect themselves from filthy fossil fuels.”
However, the majority of climate-conscious liberals in Congress, with the exception of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, support the legislation. One of the bill’s supporters, Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, described the legislation as “the biggest climate action in human history.“
Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna of California told Politico this week that he informed Manchin that if a plan included “massive climate investment,” progressive legislators might favor including specific fossil fuel permits. “If you can get the massive climate portion in, it will be 10-to-1 in terms of the positive impact, and I think you will be seen as helping make history as having ushered in, from the state of West Virginia, the most aggressive climate legislation in the history of the world,” Khanna said he told Manchin in a previous discussion this year.
The "Inflation Reduction Act" is going to raise taxes on the middle class to super-size the IRS.— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) August 5, 2022
Democrats are going to take your money for the privilege of making it easier for the IRS to audit you.
It’s a disgrace that @Sen_JoeManchin & his colleagues support this BS!
The Inflation Reduction Act includes $433 billion in new spending on green energy programs and greater benefits for the Affordable Care Act. A business tax rise and greater IRS enforcement would raise $739 billion in revenue in order to pay for the additional spending. Democrats claim that the law will lower inflation in the long run because of the greater revenue that will offset the deficit.
Right-wingers have blasted Manchin for surrendering to President Biden’s liberal agenda after he stood his ground against the Build Back Better plans, which were introduced alongside the Inflation Reduction Act. If he decides to run for re-election, he may find it difficult to overcome the odds.
Manchin is expected to be a target of the Republican Party in 2024, according to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.