Committee Dems Voting Against Public Option Received Twice as Much Money from Health Insurers as Dems Voting Against Industry

September 30, 2009 - The Senate Finance Committee voted on two amendments yesterday that would have added a public option to the health care bill currently under debate. The two votes fell largely along party lines but there were some Democrats that joined with Republicans to vote "No" to kill both amendments.

The three Senate Democrats voting "No" on the Schumer Amendment—Baucus (MT), Conrad (SD), and Lincoln (AR) —received an average of $68,017 in campaign contributions from health and accident insurers between January 2003 and June 2009, 118% more than the $31,226 received by the ten Democrats voting "Yes".

The five Democrats voting "No" on the Rockefeller Amendment—the three above plus Carper (DE) and Nelson (DE)—received an average of $55,738 in campaign contributions from health and accident insurers between January 2003 and June 2009, 88% more than the $29,703 received by the eight Democrats voting "Yes".

Campaign Contributions from Accident and Health Insurance to Democrats in Senate Finance Committee
Senator Vote on Rockefeller Amendment Vote on Schumer Amendment Contributions (1/2003-6/2009)
Max Baucus No No $100,550
Debbie Ann Stabenow Yes Yes $75,950
Blanche Lincoln No No $60,500
Kent Conrad No No $43,000
Thomas Carper No Yes $42,690
Ron Wyden Yes Yes $38,400
Bill Nelson No Yes $31,950
Robert Menéndez Yes Yes $30,500
Charles Schumer Yes Yes $26,500
John Rockefeller Yes Yes $22,474
Jeff Bingaman Yes Yes $22,000
John Kerry Yes Yes $13,050
Maria Cantwell Yes Yes $8,750
 
Rockefeller Amendment
Average received by Democrats voting "No" $55,738
Average received by Democrats voting "Yes" $29,703
 
Schumer Amendment
Average received by Democrats voting "No" $68,017
Average received by Democrats voting "Yes" $31,226
 

Methodology:

Campaign contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets Open Data. Date range of contributions is January 2003 through June 2009. Contributions to Sen. Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign are omitted. Votes are taken from coverage of the markup by the Prescriptions blog in the New York Times on September 29, 2009.

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