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Updated at 2021-10-21 02:20:51 UTC

Who Is Writing Checks to Sinema and Manchin?

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LAST QUARTER/ CHECKS TO SINEMA AND MANCHIN: Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia raked in cash last quarter from a bevy of corporations, executives and lobbyists working to pare back the Democratic reconciliation package that Sinema and Manchin have also been vocal opponents of, according to their latest campaign finance filings.

• Though neither senator is up for reelection for three more years, both reported raising more than $1 million from July through September — a fraction of what the chamber’s biggest fundraisers brought in last quarter but notable nonetheless. Sinema, who has emerged as the leading Democratic opponent in the Senate to her party’s drug pricing proposal, received more than $27,000 from PACs of pharmaceutical companies, including Astellas, Sunovion, Takeda, Horizon, Eli Lilly, Abbvie, Alexion and Lundbeck during that time — which POLITICO’s Hailey Fuchs reports is “up from $5,000 in the three months prior.”

• Sinema also hauled in money from top pharma leaders like Gilead Chief Executive Daniel O’Day, who gave $5,000. Eli Lilly Chief Executive David Ricks, Merck board Chair Kenneth Frazier and Bristol Myers Squibb Chair and Chief Executive Giovanni Caforio all maxed out to Sinema, while Genentech Chief Executive Alexander Hardy gave $2,500. A pair of in-house lobbyists for PhRMA, Jennifer Bryant and Anne Esposito, and Debra DeShong, the drug lobby’s executive vice president for public affairs, all gave $1,000.

• Donors to Manchin, who chairs the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and has criticized the reconciliation bill’s climate provisions — including the Clean Electricity Performance Program, which would pay utilities to increase their use of renewables and fine those that don't — include ConocoPhillips’ corporate PAC, which gave $2,500 and Pioneer Natural Resources’ corporate PAC, which gave $5,000. PACs for utility companies Duke Energy and Exelon Corp. both gave Manchin $5,000, while Dominion Energy’s PAC donated $2,500. Energy executives also poured money into Manchin’s coffers, with executives and employees at Valero Energy, Occidental Petroleum, Continental Resources, ConocoPhillips, the Plains All American Pipeline and Rising Star Petroleum giving tens of thousands of dollars.

• For both lawmakers, money also streamed in from K Street’s hired guns and companies’ in-house lobbyists. Steven Elmendorf, partner and co-founder at Subject Matter, gave Sinema $1,000. Arshi Siddiqui, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and former aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, donated $2,400 to Sinema. Former Democratic senator-turned-lobbyist Thomas Daschle gave $2,900, while his son Nathan, who runs their lobbying firm The Daschle Group, gave her $1,000. David Jones, a partner at Capitol Counsel, also gave Sinema $1,000, as did Ervin Graves StrategiesJim Ervin and Joe Kasper. Leo Muñoz and Mitch Rose, in-house lobbyists at Comcast, gave $500 each.

• Meanwhile, Manchin received $1,000 from another former senator-turned-lobbyist, Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. Van Ness Feldman’s Nancy Macan McNally and Richard Agnew each donated $750, while Putala StrategiesChristopher Putala gave $5,800. Joe Britton, president of Pioneer Public Affairs, gave Manchin $1,000. Manchin also received $1,000 from former Rep. Steve Israel, who is not registered to lobby but is a senior counselor at the lobbying firm Michael Best Strategies.

• Manchin and Sinema also received donations from the tobacco industry, which has set its sights on tobacco and nicotine taxes that House Democrats proposed to help pay for the bill. The PAC for the National Association of Truckstop Operators, a group whose membership includes tobacco companies and which has fought the proposed taxes, gave Sinema $5,000 and Manchin $2,500. James Haslam, the chief executive of truckstop chain Pilot Flying J and secretary of the Truckstop Operators, gave $2,900 to both Manchin and Sinema, despite typically contributing heavily to Republicans. John Hoel, an in-house lobbyist for tobacco giant Altria, gave Sinema $500, while The Cigar Association of America’s PAC donated $1,000.

With Daniel Lippman/ Politico


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