MapLight research on the influence of money and politics.
Committee Dems Voting Against Public Option Received Twice as Much Money from Health Insurers as Dems Voting Against Industry
admin | September 30, 2009
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.
admin | September 25, 2009
September 29, 2009 - Three Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee joined with all 10 Committee Republicans on Thursday to defeat an amendment to the Baucus health care bill, voting in favor of pharmaceutical industry interests. Those three Democrats—Committee Chair Max Baucus (MT), Thomas Carper (DE), and Robert Menéndez (NJ)—received an average of $197,591 from pharmaceutical manufacturing interests (January 2003 - June 2009), 4.2 times as much as the average of $46,585 received by the 10 Senate Finance Committee Democrats voting against Big Pharma.
Pamela Behrsin | August 11, 2009
August 11, 2008 - Blue Dog Dems received more funds from the health insurance industry than House Republicans did, a MAPLight.org analysis showed. The analysis compared the average amounts given to each legislator in the 2008 election cycle, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics.The health insurance industry gave each Blue Dog Dem, on average, $7,567.
Emily Calhoun | July 29, 2009
July 29, 2009 - On June 25, during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) markup session of the health care reform bill, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) offered an amendment that would improve consumer access to imported prescription drugs. Specifically, this amendment would:Remove the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limitations on prescription drugs that have been imported from outside the United States;
Emily Calhoun | July 14, 2009
July 14, 2009 - On June 26, the House narrowly passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (HR 2454) by a vote of 219 to 212. The final version of the bill that passed the House Floor differed substantially from the version that was originally introduced by Reps. Waxman and Markey. As the bill heads to the Senate for further markups and compromises, MAPLight.org examined some of the House actions that illustrate the influence of special interests on the legislative process.
Dan Newman | March 02, 2009
Report Shows Campaign Contributions Given to Sponsors of Fair Copyright in Research Works ActMarch 2, 2009 - The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act of 2009, HR 801, introduced by John Conyers (D-MI), would limit public access to peer-reviewed journal articles and research manuscripts. If passed, the bill would reverse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, which has increased transparency and accessibility to journal articles and research manuscripts.
Pamela Behrsin | October 07, 2008
Oct. 7, 2008 - MAPLight.org's research department revealed that each House member voting 'Yes' on the Financial Bailout received, on average, 41% more money, or $213,766, from Banks and Securities Firms than those voting 'No, $152,125.For a full analysis and listing of how each legislator voted visit: http://www.maplight.org/map/us/bill/12867/N7DgM9/votes/vote-352731.