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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 08:57 PM

Joe Manchin's "highly suspicious" reversal on voting bill follows donation from corporate lobby


(Salon) Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat famous for his vow to maintain the Senate filibuster and thereby scuttle much of President Biden's agenda, recently published an op-ed opposing the For the People Act, Democrats' whopping voting-rights bill. That article strongly echoed talking points from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and appeared shortly after the influential pro-business lobby resumed donations to Manchin's campaign after nearly a decade.

Manchin, who co-sponsored the sweeping voting rights legislation in 2019 and has supported filibuster reform in the past, became the first Senate Democrat to oppose the bill this week while reiterating his opposition to changing the filibuster, a key roadblock to voting reform. Skeptical members of Manchin's party have questioned the reasons for his opposition, especially after after a recent poll found that a majority of West Virginia voters support changing the filibuster rules and that 79% of the state's voters including a large majority of Republicans support the For the People Act.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested that Manchin's opposition to the proposal and filibuster reform may really be about measures in the bill aimed at cracking down on lobbyists and dark money.

"This is probably just as much a part of Joe Manchin's calculus than anything else," she told MSNBC on Tuesday. "You look at the Koch brothers and you look at organizations like the Heritage Foundation and conservative lobby groups that are doing a victory lap ... over the fact that Manchin refuses to change on the filibuster. And I think that these two things are very closely intertwined."

Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch, has explicitly targeted Manchin in its pressure campaign to defeat the legislation even though their own data shows that provisions cracking down on dark money are highly popular, including among Republican voters. Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the Koch-backed Heritage Foundation, organized a rally earlier this year to pressure Manchin to oppose the bill. Heritage Action has also partnered with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to craft model voting-restriction laws for Republican state legislators. A Heritage Action organizer boasted in a video obtained by Mother Jones that the group was behind key provisions of the controversial law recently passed in Georgia. ...........(more)

https://www.salon.com/2021/06/10/joe-manchins-highly-suspicious-reversal-on-voting-bill-follows-donation-from-corporate-lobby/



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Reply Joe Manchin's "highly suspicious" reversal on voting bill follows donation from corporate lobby (Original post)
marmar Thursday OP
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:05 PM

1. From the Blanch Lincoln Lambert School of selling out democracy...

....Joe seems to have learned the art of killing democracy without conscience quite well.

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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:11 PM

2. Are we still required to "learn to love him"?

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:43 PM

4. Are we still required to "learn to love him"?

Prolly so, until the wheels come off or until we become the USSA if the GQP successfully steals the House and Senate in the next big rounds of elections, then impeaches Pres. Biden and or Harris.

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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:11 PM

3. This is why our people should only rely on small dollar donations. Like this guy:

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