So these big spenders range from drug companies, hospitals and doctor groups to organizations that advocate for unions, immigrants and retirees.
But nearly $400 million seems a little excessive, does it not?
The largest chunk has gone to direct lobbying of lawmakers and other policymakers. In the first half of 2009, the health care industry spent nearly $280 million on lobbyists, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Just plain stupid craziness.
The lobbying figures alone are on track to exceed half-a-billion-dollar mark by the end of the year, which would be a record.
The big payoff for such spending? Open doors to policy makers.
AHA!! It seems there is an admission fee to the white house afterall.
Considering Health and accident insurers, HMOs and health services organizations increased their contributions to Blue Dogs from $106,200 in the first quarter of 2009 to $122,650 in the second, my guess if it does not pass through, they better look for contributions somewhere else in the third quarter. Someone has got to be pissed spending
throwing all that money if it gets no where.
You better keep that pay off money safe and sound congress, you might it for when many of you dont have a job next year.