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August 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm #78542
From the Nashville Tn Tennessean
Health industry gives more to key Congress members
By Bill Theobald
August 23, 2009
WASHINGTON — House members from Middle Tennessee who serve on committees with a role in health-care reform legislation have received much larger donations from health-related political action committees than other members of the state’s congressional delegation.
Overall, the state’s 10 House members and two senators received $162,500 from health-care PACs in the first six months of 2009, according to a review of campaign finance records.
Leading the way was Rep. John Tanner, D-Union City, who received $49,000 in the first half of the year from a variety of groups.
Blue Dogs split
Tanner is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which passed the House version of health-care reform legislation on July 17. Tanner voted against the bill in committee, saying it wouldn’t do enough to reduce health-care costs and would add to the federal deficit.
Tanner also is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative House Democrats, who are key players in the health-care reform debate.
He received donations from a variety of company and medical association PACs, including the pharmaceutical firms SmithKline Beecham Corp. PAC ($2,500), Merck & Co. Inc. Employees PAC ($2,500), and the Bristol-Myers Squib Co. Employees PAC ($1,000).
“There are many individuals and organizations across Tennessee who choose to participate in the political process through contributions,” Tanner’s spokesman, Randy Ford, said in a written statement. “Congressman Tanner is focused on talking to as many 8th District residents as possible for ideas on how to fix what’s broken in the health-care system and keep what works.”
Tanner has raised about $300,000 in campaign donations so far this year. About $250,000 of that has come from political action committees.
Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, received $38,000 from health-related political action committees in the first six months of 2009, the second-highest amount received by a Tennessee House member. Gordon, also a Blue Dog, voted in favor of the House bill as a member of the House Commerce and Energy Committee, which passed the bill July 31.
August 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm #78546
The Reason for the Subject line was that PROBABLY most of the 31 members of the group would NOT be surprised. Although it is rare that one sees it in “writing”
August 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm #78544
William J. ThomasParticipant
Well at least it’s in the main stream media, and TN!
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