For the 2022 election cycle, Manchin is the No. 1 recipient among all lawmakers of campaign contributions from the coal mining, mining, natural gas transmission and distribution and oil and gas industries, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.
He is the No. 2 recipient in Congress of contributions from electric utilities.
Manchin is financially linked to coal extraction. In addition to plots of land, real estate and private businesses, the senator owns shares of Enersystems, a Fairmont, W.Va., coal brokerage firm described in his latest available financial disclosure statement as a “Contract services and material provider for utility plants.”
For 2020, Manchin reported $491,949 in income from Enersystems. The company is valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to the disclosure.
Another Manchin condition: “Vehicle and fuel tax credits shall not be limited to electric vehicles — they must include hydrogen.”