[Joe Manchin] exhorted [S&P Global’s CERAWeek—one of the continent’s largest energy conferences] attendees to provide leadership in Washington and look for a “return on investment” from politicians who solicit campaign donations from them, or “mother’s milk,” as he called it.
“There’s not one of us,” [Joe Manchin] said, now apparently referring to his fellow politicians, “that doesn’t come to you, ‘Will you help me, can you help me get the finances I need right now?’ … You all have been very successful. You make great decisions, and you’ve done very well in life for yourself and your family and those around you. Use the same type of approach, when you have politicians that come and ask for support, that you do when you make a financial decision for yourself and your family: You want a return on investment.”
We note for the record that Sen. Manchin gave his fellow energy moguls a return on their investment when he sank President Handsome Joe Biden’s nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to become the top banking cop at the Federal Reserve, as vice chair of supervision.