So a little tidbit on the radio got me to thinking about how little we're hearing about who's most in the pockets of the health care industry. We hear a lot about this congressperson or that congressperson being for or against the bill and a lot about Republicans want this versus Democrats want that, but how does that map to the money?
Bad news: I haven't found much that directly answers that question.
Good news: There is some info out there.
Good news & bad news: I've barely scratched the surface.
Here's a quick snapshot of what I could scrape together in a fairly short amount of time.
Top Industries Giving to Members of Congress, 2010 Cycle
|Industry||Total Contributions||Dems||Repubs||Top Individual Recipient|
|2||Health Professionals||$13,611,257||63%||37%||Harry Reid (D-Nev)|
|6||Insurance||$8,405,172||58%||42%||Charles E Schumer (D-NY)|
|10||Pharm/Health Prod||$5,434,796||61%||39%||Richard Burr (R-NC)|
|19||Hospitals/Nurs Homes||$3,872,639||74%||26%||Charles E Schumer (D-NY)|
|37||Health Services||$2,249,688||69%||31%||Charles E Schumer (D-NY)|
Lobbyists in 2009
|Industry||No. of Lobbyists|
|Recipient||From Clients||From Lobbyists||Overall Total|
|John McCain (R-Ariz.)||$427,530||$473,400||$900,930|
|Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)||$276,050||$237,722||$513,772|
|Max Baucus (D-Mont.)||$252,750||$200,899||$453,649|
|Arlen Specter (D-Penn.)||$116,750||$108,778||$225,528|
|Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)||$56,950||$130,808||$187,758|
|Mark Udall (D-Colo.)||$76,025||$79,150||$155,175|
|Mark Warner (D-Va.)||$46,650||$84,450||$131,100|
|Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)||$47,200||$83,420||$130,620|
|Mary Landrieu (D-La.)||$35,800||$67,000||$102,800|
|Patty Murray (D-Wa.)||$32,800||$59,500||$92,300|
|Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)||$22,500||$55,950||$78,450|
|Susan Collins (R-Maine)||$28,300||$40,916||$69,216|
Here's another great article that breaks down individual recipients. It also provides a link to download two awesome pivot tables in Excel here, one for the health insurance companies and one for big pharma: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=28527