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News Release
9/22/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$30M in Industry Money Clouding Debate, Says Consumer Watchdog Washington, D.C. – The health care industry and its lobbyists have hosted at least 130 fundraisers this year for members of Congress who sit on the five key committees responsible for crafting a health care overhaul, according to an analysis released today by the nonpartisan...
Blog Post
9/13/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Things got busy fast this week in DC as Congress returned from the month-long summer break. Finance committee chair Sen. Max Baucus released his long-awaited health reform proposal on Tuesday after months of closed-door meetings with the so-called “Gang of Six,” and President Obama stood up the next day for a speech in the House where...
Blog Post
8/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two money-in-politics reports were released today that shine a spotlight on the campaign contrbutions that banks and other financial services companies have thrown at members of Congress to influence the financial reform debate. From Public Citizen:  Lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and trade associations tied to the banks...
News Story
8/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If those congressmen who have received money from the health care industry recused themselves from the debate, you could almost hear a pin drop in chambers. You wouldn’t have heard this: “The bill includes a government plan the (Congressional Budget Office) says will force millions of Americans out of their current coverage. That...
News Story
7/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross Johnson, said widespread overseas travel by top state climate and energy officials on the tab of nonprofits funded by industry "raises very serious questions of propriety." Consumer advocates called for a halt to the practice. "There is a long-term public cost...
Blog Post
7/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
What with the future of health care reform being shaped in both the House and Senate this week (not to mention the other big ticket issues, like overhauling the financial regulatory system) one might be tempted to believe that members of Congress are laser-focused on legislating before they leave for the summer recess. It might even make sense to...
News Story
7/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Democrat Jerry Brown, who wrote the landmark 1974 state law to curb special interests' power in politics, has raised nearly $10 million in gift contributions to his pet charities from some of the interests - utilities, casino operators and health care organizations - that he oversees as state attorney general, state records show. Brown, a...
News Story
7/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As liberal protesters marched outside, Sen. Max Baucus sat down inside a San Francisco mansion for a dinner of chicken cordon bleu and a discussion of landmark health-care legislation under consideration by his Senate Finance Committee. At the table on May 26 were about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial...
News Story
7/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Healthcare industry lobbyists have showered the Democratic U.S. senator leading reform efforts with $1.5 million in donations, records indicate. Many of the donations have come to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., during at-times extravagant fundraising events, such as a $2,500-donation fly fishing event in Big Sky, Mont., and a $10,...
News Release
7/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Senator Max Baucus, A Leading Architect of Health Care Reform, Received More Industry Contributions Than Any Other Congressional Candidate WASHINGTON, DC -- Health insurers and drug companies gave a combined $6.1 million to the top ten recipients in each house of Congress since 2005, according to a study released today by the non-profit Consumer...