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One Thing Boxer and Coburn Agree On

July 17, 2012

How many senators do you think received donations from both liberal California Sen. Barbara Boxer and conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn during the second quarter?

We're guessing just Joe Manchin.

The Associated Press breaks down the West Virginia Democrat's fundraising report:

Groups that gave Manchin the maximum $5,000 through their PACs include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Anheuser-Busch, John Deere, Peabody Energy, such government contractors as Halliburton and Northrup Grumman and labor unions representing firefighters, postal carriers and utility workers.

The hundreds of individuals who donated to Manchin include fellow Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who gave $250 on June 27. Manchin also received funds from leadership PACs for Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Chris Coons of Delaware, and from the PAC Because I Care, identified in media reports as supporting pro-Israel candidates. Another $20,500 came from a joint fundraising PAC set up by the campaigns for Manchin and for U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, a fellow Democrat running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Manchin has broken with Democratic leadership on numerous votes and issues since coming to Washington after winning a 2010 special election, but his reelection (which currently looks very likely) is crucial to Democrats' hopes of holding the Senate.

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