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Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va. , has received millions of donations from oil, gas and coal industry groups over the years, but it also brings in donations from green energy organizations and companies, according to FEC filings.
Manchin brought in more than $1.1 million in donations from PACs and corporations between January 2021 and June 2022, a small portion of the total of over $7 million over that time period. Most of the donations from PACs to companies and other organizations come from the fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries, but Manchin has also received thousands of dollars in donations from Green and Renewable Energy Groups.
Groups such as PACs associated with West Virginia-based solar and wind energy firm Clearway, Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy, EDF Renewables, and EDP Renewables have contributed to Manchin’s campaign for the past year and a half.
Manchin isn’t about to be re-elected until 2024, and he hasn’t announced if he plans to do so Seeking another term in the Senate. Fox News Digital reached out to Manchin’s office, but did not provide a statement.
Manchin is notorious for receiving numerous donations from fossil fuel companies and lobbyists, with campaign finance monitor OpenSecrets proclaiming it the number one recipient of donations from the coal, oil and gas, mining, tobacco and automobile industries. Donations from individuals associated with energy companies add more weight to Manchin’s support than fossil fuel companies, and Manchin continues to profit from the coal company he founded before his tenure in politics.
After Manchin killed the “Build Back Better” agenda and torpedoed the massive climate initiatives associated with it, climate activists and progressive politicians criticized him as a traitor to the Islamic State. Democratic Party.
But that tone changed after Manchin announced a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DNY, on Inflation reduction lawwhich includes hundreds of billions of spending on climate programs.
Some climate activists have criticized the fictitious nature of massive climate spending in the Inflation Reduction Act because the proposal introduces several fossil fuel projects, simplifying extractive permit approvals and pipelines, while contributing billions to climate grants and tax credit programs.
“This is a climate suicide convention,” the Center for Biodiversity’s director of government affairs, Brett Hartle, said in a statement last week. “It is self-defeating to constrain the development of renewable energy with the extraction of huge quantities of oil and gas. The new lease required in this bill will fan the flames of the climate catastrophes that are burning our country, and it is a slap in the face for societies struggling to protect themselves from filthy fossil fuels.”
However, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, the first deputy, most liberal, climate-conscious members of Congress are optimistic about the bill. Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, a self-described climate hawk, hailed the bill last week as “the largest climate action in human history.”
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told Politico this week that he advised Manchin that progressive politicians would support a bill that includes certain fossil fuel allocations if it has “enormous climate spending.”
“If you could get the massive part of the climate, it would be 10 to 1 in terms of positive impact, and I think you would be seen as helping to make history that you came in, from West Virginia,” Khanna said he told Mansion in a conversation earlier in the day. This year “the most stringent climate legislation in world history”.
The Inflation Reduction Act includes $433 billion in new spending on green energy programs and its expansion Advantages of the Affordable Care Act. The new spending will be driven by collecting $739 billion in revenue through increased corporate taxes and stricter IRS enforcement. The additional revenue balance would offset the deficit, leading Democrats to insist that the bill would reduce future inflation.
Since the Inflation Cuts Act was announced, Republicans have criticized Manchin for bowing to President Biden’s political agenda after he hung up against proposals to build back better. Some suggest he will face a tough road to re-election if he runs again.
The Manchin seat will be a goal for the Republican Party in 2024, Republican Senator John Barrasso said, Politico reported Wednesday.