By Steven Allen Adams
With just over one week until West Virginia voters pick the successor to Sen. Robert C. Byrd, and Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic candidate, is bringing in more campaign contributions than Republican opponent John Raese.
According to Federal Election Commission campaign disclosure reports, Manchin brought in $2.8 million in donations between the beginning of August and the end of September. Raese, on the other hand, brought in $1.9 million; nearly a million less than Manchin.
Manchin collected approximately $2 million from individual donations, approximately $825,000 from Political Action Committees (PAC), and approximately $43,000 from party sources. Raese received considerably less; over $414,000 from individuals and approximately $23,000 from PAC sources. However, Raese did receive more support from the Republican Party in the form of approximately $44,000. In order to keep up with Manchin, Raese has self-funded his campaign to the tune of $1.4 million.
Manchin continues to receive much support from the coal and energy-producing industry. According to the FEC, donations from individuals and spouses linked to the following coal industry companies and entities provided Manchin approximately $30,000:
- X-Coal Energy Resources
- West Virginia Coal Association
- Prichard Mining Co.
- Patriot Coal
- Kanawha Eagle Coal
- International Coal Group
- Alpha Natural Resources
Coal industry PAC money to Manchin amounted to approximately $18,000. PAC sources included Arch Coal, Patriot Coal, MinePAC, CoalPAC, and the United Mine Works of America.