Sunday, January 17, 2010

Calling all Lobbyists to MA Today!

So, let's see here...WHICH party exactly was it that was going to boot the lobbyists out of town?  Hmmm...the party of that "hope and change" guy?  Is this the kind of change you thought you were getting, Massachusetts?  Do you think Ms. Coakley is a "hopey-changey" kinda gal?  Seems to me if she were, she might tell her stumping buddy today that maybe he ought to be back in Washington doing things like well...he IS a community organizer, isn't he?  Haiti's hanging by an angel's hair...and where is the president*?  Why, he's with his "fat cat" buddies and his lobbyist friends...of course!
Panicked Healthcare Lobbyists Descend On Massachusetts To Save The 60th Democratic Vote For Reform

We've been following the special election in Massachusetts, where the GOP hopes to pull a surprise upset in the race to fill Ted Kennedy's seat.

If they do pull it off, healthcare reform is instantly in trouble, as the Democrats drop below 60.

But money is coming to the rescue of Democrat Martha Coakley -- healthcare industry lobbyist money, specifically.

Tim Carney identifies several of her top fundraisers. Take a look at who they represent:

Thomas Boggs, Patton Boggs: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies: Amgen, BIO, Merck, PhRMA
Susan Brophy, Glover Park Group: Blue Cross, Pfizer
Steven Champlin
Licy Do Canto, Raben Group: Amgen
Gerald Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates: U. Mass Memorial Health Care
David Castagnetti, Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti: Abbot Labs, AHIP, Astra-Zenaca, General Electric, Humana, Merck, PhRMA.
Steven Elmendorf, Elmendorf Strategies: Medicines Company, PhRMA, United Health
Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel: Amgen, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross, GE, PhRMA, Sanofi-Aventis.
Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta & Partners: Cigna, Eli Lilly, HealthSouth
Tony Podesta, Podesta Group: Amgen, GE, Merck, Novartis.
Robert Raben, Raben Group: Amgen, GE.

Of course, this is how politics works. Lobbyists for various corporations and causes get involved wherever they can for candidates of both parties. But when you see all these big pharma (and insurance!) representatives coming with cash for a crucial vote, you know which side they're on.

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