The Billings Gazette reports that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who as chair of the Senate Finance Committee is a key legislator in the current health care reform debate, has received huge amounts of campaign money from the health care and insurance industries.
"When you spend so much of your time raising money, as members of Congress do, from those who have a compelling interest in the outcome of legislation, it has to change what you think about it, and the viewpoints that you have," said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch, a Washington, D.C., group that tracks money in politics. "It's just human nature. ... and members of Congress are human."
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