“Senator Manchin knows big corporations managed to make billion-dollar profits despite the pandemic as everyday families fell further behind. Manchin now has a golden opportunity to level the playing field for working people by backing investments and tax relief aimed at them for a change — investments that will lower health and childcare costs for most in West Virginia,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Rich corporations may have given Senator Manchin over a million reasons to avoid paying their fair share – but is it all worth it if he has nothing to show for the families he actually represents?”
A previous Accountable.US report found that Senator Sinema (D-AZ) — who has threatened to derail the reconciliation bill — has also taken at least $923,000 from the industry groups fighting the Build Back Better agenda, or from the individual corporations these groups represent.
- The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce—Whose PAC Gave Sen. Manchin $10,000 And Whose Leadership Boards Are Packed With Corporations That Have Given Him $565,700—Vowed To Do “Everything We Can” To Block Biden’s Budget After Offering Sen. Manchin A “Reward” For Resisting Biden’s Agenda Earlier This Year.
- The Business Roundtable—Whose Board Is Stocked With CEOs From 12 Corporations That Have Given $245,500 To Sen. Manchin—Has Been Preparing “‘A Significant, Multifaceted Campaign'” Against Tax Increases In The Build Back Better Budget.
- The RATE Coalition—Whose Major Corporate Members Have Given $177,000 To Sen. Manchin —Was Poised For A “Seven-Figure” Ad Buy Against The Build Back Better Budget.
- The National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)—Which Gave $7,500 To Manchin As Its Leading Corporate Members Gave Him $487,000—Was Poised To Ally With The U.S. Chamber’s Fight Against The Budget And Was Lobbying On It ‘”In Every Way You Can Imagine.'”
- PhRMA—Which Gave $1,000 To Manchin, Along With Its Major Members’ $32,000—Has Run Ads Against The $3.5 Trillion Package And Has Spent More Than $15 Million On Lobbying This Year