"Sen. Manchin Maintains Lucrative Ties to Family-Owned Coal Company"

"Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is more than just a supporter of his state's influential coal producers -- he's a full-fledged industry insider.

On his financial disclosures for 2009 and 2010, Manchin reported significant earnings from Enersystems Inc., a coal brokerage that he helped run before his political star rose. In the 19 months before winning his Senate seat in a hard-fought special election, Manchin reported operating income of $1,363,916 from Enersystems. His next disclosure showed $417,255 in Enersystems income."

Manuel Quinones and Elana Schor report for Greenwire July 26, 2011.

Source: Greenwire, 07/27/2011