From CNN’s congressional reporter, Manu Ray:
Graham has since tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier today, Senator Joe commented on barndoors being left open:
More bipartisanship from WV's senior senator
Investigative journalism from Sludge:
Senators and representatives typically use their leadership PACs to raise and spend money in support of their own party’s candidates. It’s a way to establish themselves as leaders within their caucus and earn party leadership positions and plum committee assignments. But one senator is using his leadership PAC somewhat differently.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.) made a $10,000 donation on March 11 from his leadership PAC, Country Roads PAC, to Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s (N.C.) legal defense fund. Burr had been facing a Justice Department investigation over whether his sales of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stocks made after receiving a private briefing on the coronavirus threat in early 2020 constituted violations of insider trading laws. The investigation was concluded in January with no charges.
It’s nearly unheard of for a politician to make a leadership PAC donation to a member of the opposing party. Money-in-politics tracking website OpenSecrets writes in its leadership PACs backgrounder that “Democratic leadership PACs are . . . used to fund fellow Democrats’ campaigns, especially threatened incumbents or challengers trying to win seats that were previously held by the GOP.” Manchin was the only Democrat to make a donation to Burr’s legal defense, according to Sludge’s review of FEC records.
Sorry, Senator, but this is not what some of us consider “bipartisan.”
Nothing to see, here -- please keep moving
More investigative reporting on Manchin from FAIR, Vox, and Sludge:
A list of who or what gets Senator Joe Manchin’s attention (revised):
• The Kochs
• Exxon Mobil
• His own bottom line
• (Somewhere near the bottom) West Virginians