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Manchin’s Taxpayer-Funded LA Trip Could Represent a Reelection Challenge in WV

The senator from West Virginia could be in hot water with his constituents after using taxpayer money to travel from a Los Angeles trip that included a reelection fundraiser.

By NTK Staff | 06.18.2018 @11:30am
Manchin’s Taxpayer-Funded LA Trip Could Represent a Reelection Challenge in WV

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is going to have an even tougher time winning reelection this year, as he tries to explain to constituents why he used their taxpayer dollars to travel from Los Angeles, California last year, on a trip that included a political fundraiser.

The Washington Free Beacon‘s Brent Scher reported:

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.

It’s not Manchin’s first association with ‘coastal elites,’ either. There’s the issue of Manchin’s houseboat, which, according to Politico Magazine, is docked in southeast D.C.

In Washington, he lives on a houseboat, Almost Heaven, which he keeps docked in Southeast D.C.—“You buy something permanent, they think you like the place, and I sure as hell don’t like the place,” he says—and uses it as a neutral ground for foes from the Hill.

Then there’s the issue of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), whose super PAC is spending part of its $80 million fall TV buy in West Virginia to prop up Manchin against challenger Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-WV).

As Manchin campaigns in West Virginia this fall, he may face questions about why he’s associating more with elites from New York City, D.C., and Los Angeles – and, in the latter case, using taxpayer dollars to do it – than spending time with his own constituents.

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