West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
FEC filings reveal that Senator Joe Manchin (a Democrat) raised more than $400,000 from energy firms.
Manchin has resisted certain climate-related elements of the Democrats' proposed Infrastructure Bill.
Manchin, West Virginia's representative, also has millions in coal stocks.
According to Senator Joe Manchin's latest filing with Federal Election Commission, he raised more than $400,000 from donors in energy in the third quarter. This includes some donors who normally give to Republicans.
Manchin opposed climate-related provisions in the Democrats' $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. It also contains expanded safety net programs for workers, families, lower prescription drug prices and billions in healthcare benefits for seniors.
Bloomberg reports that Democrats have tried to limit certain aspects of the bill, including its overall cost, to appease moderates such as Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Silena of Arizona.
Manchin, a West Virginian, also has millions in coal stocks. According to the West Virginia Office of Energy, West Virginia is the country's second largest producer of coal.
According to Manchin's FEC filing, Manchin raised $1.6million in the third quarter. More than $400,000 came from the oil-and-gas industry. Manchin will not be up for reelection before 2024.
According to Bloomberg and FEC documents, Manchin was awarded $74,600 by employees and the political action committee of Energy Transfer Partners.
Bloomberg reported that Kelcy Warren (the company's founder) donated a maximum amount of $5,800 to Manchin for both his primary and general elections campaigns. Warren hosted a fundraiser in support of former President Donald Trump, and donated $13.7 million to GOP causes and candidates in 2020.
Insider reported Saturday that Biden's clean energy program will be removed from the reconciliation bill of Democrats because of Manchin. According to sources, Biden staffers will be removing the program form the legislation because Manchin had told the White House that he opposed it. This program would have encouraged the transition from oil-and-gas-fired power plants to renewable energy like solar, wind, and nuclear.
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