Fun Fact: Manchin Is The Least Grassroots Politician In Washington

By Mark Gruber | Saturday, 06 August 2022 15:00
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Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin garnered only a slew of his campaign funds from voters in his home state, according to a Fox News Digital analysis, while out-of-state contributions and corporate donations make up most of his fundraising.

Manchin, who surprised Washington last week after announcing an accord to advance a green energy and pharmaceutical spending bill called the Inflation Reduction Act, got around $6.1 million from individual patrons who gave more than $200 to add to his campaign between January 2021 and June 30, 2022, according to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) filings.

Of that amount, only about $65,000 donations came from individuals residing in West Virginia, while over $6 million came from individuals in other states. Manchin also received around $176,000 in small-dollar donations, but it's uncertain how much of that came from people in West Virginia since campaigns are not required to report donor information on contributions under $200.

Manchin is not up for re-election until 2024 — and he has not announced whether he will seek another term in the Senate. Manchin's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Inflation Reduction Act, which Manchin announced as in accord with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week, includes $433 billion in new spending on green energy programs and expanded Affordable Care Act benefits. The new spending would be financed by raising $739 billion in revenue through a corporate tax increase and stricter IRS enforcement. The balance of the additional revenue would offset the deficit, leading Democrats to demand that the bill will lower inflation in the future.

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The bill faces numerous hurdles to pass in the Senate before the August recess, including ensuring that all 50 Democrats are able to be in Washington to vote. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has also not announced whether she would vote for the bill. Sinema and Manchin were major factors in tanking the massive Build Back Better spending proposals in President Biden's first year in office.

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Manchin's back for the bill, which includes significant reimbursements for green energy grants and programs, is partly due to other provisions in the bill that could benefit West Virginia energy production.

The bill includes provisions to streamline pipeline production for natural gas, for example. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., however, slammed the bill as "raising taxes on West Virginia’s coal mining industry and providing subsides to liberals in deep blue states to drive electric vehicles" in a local newspaper column last week.

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