Manchin Reportedly Tried To Persuade Biden Admin To Fund Coalition

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( – Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, reportedly tried to persuade Biden officials to greenlight a funding application from the West Virginia-based Appalachian Climate Technology (ACT) Now coalition.

According to Fox News, in October of 2021, Manchin reached out to Department of Commerce (DOC) official Alejandra Castillo to talk about his support of the coalition group’s decision to apply for a federal sum of $100 million.

The ACT Now coalition consists of a number cities, entities, schools, and groups in West Virginia. This includes the Charleston Area Alliance, for which Jack Rossi is the chair. Rossi is also the treasurer for Joe Manchin’s Senate campaign. The coalition is led by the Coalfield Development Corporation.

In the letter sent to Castillo, Manchin expressed that he supported the Coalfield Development Corporation along with those affiliated with it and the application itself. He further added that knew that if it was accepted, the funding would be used to back the ACT Now Initiative, which is going to focus on the creation of technologies designed to have a positive climate impact. He also said the initiative would narrow in on the creation of improved infrastructure and better methods for attracting and maintaining a strong workforce. In addition, it would support business startups and better interactions between resources and money.

Manchin did not make any mention of his ties to Rossi when writing the correspondence, Fox News reported.

Months before Manchin’s letter of support, the ACT Now coalition had put in an application in an attempt to become a recipient of a massive amount of funding, which is part of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge from the American Rescue Plan.

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