Using Taxpayer Funds, Manchin Raises Money With California Liberals

CHARLESTON, WV — This morning, a new report shows that Senator Joe Manchin used taxpayer dollars to fundraise with his liberal California donors. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Manchin used taxpayer dollars for a flight from Los Angeles, CA following a fundraiser with liberal California elites.

“Like his pal Hillary Clinton, Joe Manchin believes the rules do not apply to him,” said Morrisey for Senate spokesperson Nathan Brand. “Unfortunately, Manchin is beholden to his liberal coastal elite donors, not the hardworking men and women of West Virginia.” 

Brand continued: “Manchin owes West Virginia taxpayers a full financial accounting for his political fundraising travel and an apology for skirting ethics rules in desperate pursuit of liberal elite donors.”

This is not the first time Manchin has used taxpayer resources for personal or political purposes. In 2005, then-Governor Manchin flew to Alabama on taxpayers’ dime to pick up his yacht and only repaid the state once he got caught by the Charleston Gazette.

Read The Washington Free Beacon report here or check out excerpts below.

Joe Manchin Used Taxpayer Funds for Travel from L.A. Fundraiser
The Washington Free Beacon
Brent Scher
June 18, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) used taxpayer money to pay for travel from a visit to California for a lucrative campaign fundraiser, according to official expenditure reports.

Manchin’s office made a $1,515.65 disbursement for four flights taken by the West Virginia Democrat, disclosed on page B-1429 of the Secretary of the Senate’s report of Senate expenditures from April 1, 2017, to Sep. 30, 2017. The expenditure covered three July flights between Charleston, W. Va., and Washington, D.C., and an Aug. 9 flight from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh.

A review of Manchin’s campaign finance filings indicates the purpose of the trip was an Aug. 9 fundraiser at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Capital Group, a financial services firm. Contribution records sorted by the Washington Free Beacon show the company’s employees contributed $62,100 to Manchin on Aug. 9 and a total of $99,900 to him during the fundraising quarter.

The Manchin campaign made a $1,739.54 disbursement to Michael Downer, a top company executive, for “catering” on Aug. 17. Downer’s listed address on the disbursement is the address for the Capital Group’s Los Angeles offices.

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