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Joe Manchin campaign gets big donations from corporations, executives

Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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Late. Joe Manchin’s re-election campaign raised nearly $ 300,000 from corporate policy action committees and leaders days after the Conservative Democrat said he would oppose President Joe Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion social and climate spending package, according to a CNBC analysis of federal election commission applications.

Some of the leaders who donated to his campaign also previously contributed to Republican leaders’ political operations, including former President Donald Trumps.

Manchin is ready for re-election in 2024. His campaign brought in just over $ 1.5 million in the fourth quarter, ending the period with over $ 6 million on hand. Manchin’s campaign has never raised so much money during the October-December quarter, according to a campaign finance expert.

More than $ 280,000 from corporate PACs and influential donors came after Manchin announced on Fox News on Dec. 19 that he would not support Biden’s large expense bill, known as Build Back Better.

Manchin, representing West Virginia, has a decisive vote in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between the two parties. It has made him and his political drive a magnet for lobbying by business leaders and special interest groups.

Following his announcement last month that he would not vote for Bidens Build Back Better plan, records show that his campaign received contributions from companies such as Facebook (now known as Meta), CVS Health, Lowe’s, Anthem, Cigna, Boston Scientific, Cheniere Energy and Emergent BioSolutions. These donations ranged from $ 1,500 to $ 5,000.

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Manchin’s campaign also received individual contributions from leading executives after effectively blocking Build Back Better, including $ 5,800 from Republican megadonor and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone. The billionaire also gave separately to Manchin’s PAC, which is called Country Roads. Langone had previously supported Trump when he ran in 2016 and supported many of the former president’s economic policies.

Real estate mogul Richard LeFrak, who has mainly given to Trump and Republican nominees, donated $ 5,800 to Manchin’s re-election campaign after opposing the Build Back Better Act. LeFrak’s sons, Harrison and James, who have donated large sums of money to Democrats and Republicans, are contributing more than $ 10,000 to Manchin’s campaign.

David Fischer, a Trump donor who also served as the then president’s former ambassador to Morocco, donated $ 5,800 to Manchin on December 20th. Other donors who have funded GOP campaigns and donated to Manchin’s re-election efforts late last year include property titan John Cushman III, veteran lobbyist Catherine Finley, health director Robert Patricelli and Joel Myers, CEO of AccuWeather.

One month before his contribution to Manchin’s operations, Langone praised the senator live on CNBC. Langone also said he intended to host a massive fundraising event for the Conservative Democrat.

“I do not see leadership anywhere in this country. Thank God for Joe Manchin,” Langone said at the time. “I have to have one of the greatest fundraisers I’ve ever had for him. He’s special. He’s valuable. He’s a great American,” he added.

Manchin representatives did not return emails seeking comment.

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