Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Drug Companies Support Democrat Martha Coakley

William Jacobson at his blog, Legal Insurrection, has been doing a masterful job of keeping readers informed about the Scott Brown run for what Brown termed "the people's seat" in the U.S. Senate, the senate seat once pretty much owned by the late Ted Kennedy.

Yesterday, Brown's campaign purse gained $1.3 million in mostly small campaign contributions from ordinary Americans choking on the "health insurance reform" being crammed down the national gullet. Brown has promised to vote against the current health care reform fiasco.

Today, as Jacobson points out, Brown's opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, is having a fundraiser of her own. She will not be collecting small contributions representing the hopes of the little people; instead she will collect large contributions representing the interests of  "lobbyists and consummate Washington insiders," among them "17 lobbyists . . . , 15 of whom are connected to the health care industry players who cut special deals as a quid pro quo for supporting Obamacare."

In his blog, Jacobson embedded a copy of the invitation to Coakley's lobbyist fundraiser and observed:
Who is on the list? None other than Jamie Gorelick, the "Mistress of Disaster" responsible strengthening the wall between intelligence services and law enforcement which contributed to the systemic failure to detect the 9/11 plot, and former Vice Chair of Fannie Mae. Coakley will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from these lobbyists, including grouped contributions.
Nondhimmie, a commenter at Hot Air, further elucidated:
Of the 22 names on the host committee–meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley–17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there’s also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.

All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley’s host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.
So much for the Democrat Party being the protector of the interests of the little people.


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