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Top 25 Spenders in the Health Care Debate

The National Journal has a story today showing the top 25 spenders in the health care debate, based on total lobbying expenses for the first half of 2009.

 

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"Hidden Bundles" of Lobbyist Cash Influencing Health Care Debate

The Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics have teamed up on a study that shows “contribution clusters” from outside lobbyists and their health care industry clients to key members of Congress.

 

Health Reform's 'Gang of 6' Reaps Political Cash

The San Francisco Chronicle details how health care industry lobbyists are funneling hoards of campaign cash to senators in charge of health care reform.

"The bipartisan "gang of six" senators who helped craft the health care reform bill going before a key Senate committee Tuesday represent less than 3 percent of the U.S. population - but they hold a lot of power at a crucial policy-shaping moment in Congress.

Part Two of Report on Big Insurance Industry Spending in Health Care Fight

Public Campaign Action Fund issued part two of its report on efforts by the insurance industry to kill health care reform with huge amounts of campaign giving and lobbying expenditures.

 

New Public Campaign Action Fund Press Release Details Huge Sums Spent to Kill Health Care Reform

Public Campaign Action Fund has issued a press release today detailing the huge amount of campaign contributions and lobbying expenses being doled out by the HMO and insurance industries in their effort to kill health care reform.

 

Blue Dogs Seeing the Green

A recent story on Georgia-based ledger-enquirer.com discusses the huge amount of health care industry campaign cash flowing to Blue Dog Democrats as the health care debate rages on in Congress.

 

Health Care Lobbyists Outnumber Lawmakers

ABCnews.com is reporting today that K Street lobbyists are swarming Capitol Hill, outnumbering members of Congress six to one, as health care reform legislation is being debated in Congress.

 

"Whenever you have a big piece of legislation like this, it's like ringing the dinner bell for K Street," said Bill Allison, senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation.

 

Debate Would Look Different Without Flow of Industry Cash

An article today in the North Carolina Policy Watch blog explains how vastly different the current health care reform debate in Congress would be without industry cash flying around the Capitol.

 

The story goes on to mention the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R.1826), which has been co-sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), as a way to curtail the influence of health care industry campaign contributions.

 

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Appointments Announced

Public Campaign Action Fund issues a press release today praising the selection of former California Treasurer Phil Angelides as the chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and urged Angelides and the other commissioners to investigate the role that campaign contributions from Wall Street and big banking interests played in precipitating the economic crisis.

 

Baltimore Sun on Big Money and Health Care Reform

The Baltimore Sun has an editorial today on the battle in Congress over health care reform and the role that big money will play in the outcome. The editorial cites a recently released report by Common Cause.