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article imageSenator Baucus on the take from health care companies

By Michael Krebs     Jul 21, 2009 in Politics
Democratic Senator Max Baucus - a lead player in shaping the health care reform package that is making its way through both chambers of Congress - is a leading recipient of campaign contributions from the health care industry.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus is a leading recipient of campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers, and other health care interests that are actively engaged in trying to shape the health care reform legislation that is currently moving through key committees in Congress.
Senator Baucus sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the body that will approve how the nation's health care reform legislation is funded.
"As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage," the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. "Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus's political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year's reform debate."
The senator often engages in very extravagant fund-raising events.
"Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500," according to the Washington Post. "Later this month comes 'Camp Baucus,' a 'trip for the whole family' that adds horseback riding and hiking to the list of activities."
Health care lobbyists have been very active, sensing windfalls of opportunities coming from the federal government's reform agenda.
"Baucus's fundraising prowess underscores the enduring political strength of the health-care lobby, which led all other sectors in donations to federal candidates during the last election cycle and has shifted its giving to Democrats as the party has tightened its control of Congress," the Washington Post reported.
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