So-called moderate Sen. Joe Manchin shocked the country when he supported Biden’s latest socialist spending and tax bill. For a year and a half, he opposed Biden’s agenda, claiming more spending and taxes would hurt our struggling economy.
Manchin has often claimed to be a moderate, thanks to the fact his state is deeply red. West Virginia went for Trump in 2016 and 2020. So, Manchin has to play somewhere in the middle. Until now.
But is this Democrat really interested in helping the folks back home? News of who is really bankrolling his campaign suggests otherwise.
Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin raised only a fraction of his campaign funds from voters in his home state… while out-of-state contributions and corporate donations make up the bulk of his fundraising.
Manchin… received approximately $6.1 million from individual donors who gave more than $200 in aggregate to his campaign between January 2021 and June 30, 2022, according to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) filings.
Of that total, only about $65,000 donations came from individuals residing in West Virginia, while over $6 million came from individuals in other states. [Source: Fox News]
Isn’t this interesting? Manchin is supposed to be looking after the interests of conservative West Virginia. But only 1% of his donations come from actual West Virginians. The vast majority of the $6.1 million he raised this year so far came from outsiders, including corporations.
This might help paint the picture of why he so quickly backed the latest spend and tax bill coming from Schumer.
The bill, some experts have claimed, will hurt the fossil fuel industry. West Virginia’s chief industry is coal. So… why on earth would Manchin support it—if he really cares about his state?
According to some analysts, the bill will raise taxes on nearly all Americans—including low-income families. Why would Manchin support that, when he previously rejected raising taxes?
Perhaps it’s because he’s doing the bidding of big donors that don’t live in West Virginia? Could it be that he was never interested in helping West Virginia—only himself?
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Manchin might have stood up against Democrats’ call to end the filibuster—but his voting record is just as leftist as Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, a self-proclaimed socialist.
Manchin might have been able to bamboozle WV voters for a while, but they are certainly not happy about this move. Perhaps he thinks they’ll forget before the next election. Or, perhaps he’ll retire by then.
Regardless, he’s close to losing support with the folks back home.
Author: Bo Dogan
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