U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gestures arsenic helium speaks with the media pursuing Senate Democratic lunch, connected Capitol Hill successful Washington, January 13, 2022.
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Ken Langone, a billionaire capitalist and Republican donor, contributed to Sen. Joe Manchin's governmental enactment committee days aft the blimpish Democratic lawmaker said helium would not enactment President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion societal and clime spending package.
Langone and his woman each contributed $5,000 to Manchin's Country Roads enactment PAC successful donations dated New Year's Eve, according to a Federal Election Commission filing archetypal reviewed by CNBC. That full is the astir an idiosyncratic tin lend to specified a PAC successful a fixed year.
The publication arrived conscionable astir two weeks after Manchin took to Fox News to denote helium volition not beryllium backing the elephantine societal spending connection known arsenic Build Back Better.
A period earlier his contribution, Langone praised Manchin unrecorded connected CNBC. Langone besides said helium intended to big a monolithic fundraising lawsuit for the blimpish Democrat, who has opposed and watered down cardinal pieces of his ain party's agenda. Manchin is up for reelection successful 2024.
"I don't spot enactment immoderate spot successful this country. Thank God for Joe Manchin," Langone said astatine the time. "I'm going to person 1 of the biggest fundraisers I've ever had for him. He's special. He's precious. He's a large American," helium added. Watch the video here:
Manchin, who represents West Virginia, is simply a pivotal ballot successful a Senate divided 50-50 among the 2 parties. That has made him and his governmental cognition a magnet for lobbying from concern leaders and peculiar involvement groups.
The Country Roads PAC raised implicit $150,000 successful December, much than it did successful November. In December, the committee besides received donations from corporations specified arsenic AT&T, PG&E, Valero Energy, Honeywell International, Clearway Energy, Exelon and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Prior to his December donation, Langone had ne'er contributed to 1 of Manchin's campaigns oregon his enactment PAC, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Data amusement that the donation to Manchin's committee marks the archetypal known clip Langone has donated to a Democrat since helium contributed to Bill Daley's Chicago mayoral run during the 2019 election. Daley came successful third, failing to marque the runoff. Lori Lightfoot, who positioned herself arsenic much progressive than Daley, won.
Representatives for Manchin and his PAC did not instrumentality requests for remark earlier publication. A telephone placed to Langone's concern steadfast was not returned.
Langone was erstwhile a large Trump protagonist of erstwhile President Donald Trump. He told CNBC successful 2016 helium would backmost Trump's archetypal candidacy for the White House but that helium was done with governmental fundraising. He later endorsed Trump's economical policies, including tariffs connected Chinese goods.
Then Langone took aim at the erstwhile president aft Jan. 6, 2021, erstwhile a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol successful a bid to halt Congress from confirming Biden's triumph successful the 2020 election.
Records amusement that immoderate of Langone's astir caller large wealth donations includes $1 cardinal to the Senate Leadership Fund, a ace PAC that works to decision Democratic candidates moving for Senate, and $500,000 to Americans for Prosperity Action, a radical supported by the Republican-friendly Koch family.