"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 reportedoperating income of $1,363,916 from Enersystems. His next disclosure showed $417,255 in Enersystems income."
I don't really need to say anything about this. It's entirely obvious that voting in a candidate with strong private interest in damaging industries is a bad, bad idea.
I know! Let's pass a bill: the only people who can run for national political office must, by law, have a less than $100k/year income.*
*this post brought to you by the Ian Awesome for US Senate Campaign.