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Senators supporting public option received half as much money from health insurers

admin | October 09, 2009

October 8, 2009 - Earlier today, 30 Senators wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to ensure that the Senate's final health care reform bill include a public insurance option. All Senators who signed the letter were either Democrats or Independents that caucus with the Democrats.

The 30 Senators who signed the letter in support of the public option received an average of $15,937 in campaign contributions from the health insurance industry between January 2003 and June 2009, 57% less than the $37,322 received by the 70 senators who did not sign the letter.

Omitting the 40 Senate Republicans, the numbers are similar: the 30 Senators who signed the letter in support of the public option received an average of $15,937 in campaign contributions from the health insurance industry between January 2003 and June 2009, 54% less than the $34,400 received by the 30 Senate Democrats (or Independents that caucus with Democrats) who did not sign the letter.

Campaign Contributions from Accident and Health Insurance Interests to Senators
SenatorPartyStateSigned letter in support of public optionContributions (1/2003-6/2009)
ChamblissRepublicanGADid not sign$122,900
BaucusDemocratMTDid not sign$100,550
NelsonDemocratNEDid not sign$90,873
McConnellRepublicanKYDid not sign$85,850
HatchRepublicanUTDid not sign$84,550
GrassleyRepublicanIADid not sign$76,500
StabenowDemocratMISigned$75,950
DeMintRepublicanSCDid not sign$67,960
BurrRepublicanNCDid not sign$67,958
GrahamRepublicanSCDid not sign$67,223
SpecterDemocratPASigned$66,150
DoddDemocratCTDid not sign$63,856
GreggRepublicanNHDid not sign$63,250
KylRepublicanAZDid not sign$60,950
LincolnDemocratARDid not sign$60,500
BayhDemocratINDid not sign$59,000
CorkerRepublicanTNDid not sign$58,675
AlexanderRepublicanTNDid not sign$58,100
CollinsRepublicanMEDid not sign$57,700
LevinDemocratMIDid not sign$55,600
ReidDemocratNVDid not sign$54,350
MurrayDemocratWADid not sign$51,500
EnziRepublicanWYDid not sign$50,500
VoinovichRepublicanOHDid not sign$49,550
BunningRepublicanKYDid not sign$44,000
ConradDemocratNDDid not sign$43,000
CarperDemocratDEDid not sign$42,690
EnsignRepublicanNVDid not sign$40,000
CornynRepublicanTXDid not sign$39,175
WydenDemocratORSigned$38,400
MurkowskiRepublicanAKDid not sign$37,200
IsaksonRepublicanGADid not sign$36,800
WarnerDemocratVADid not sign$36,750
McCainRepublicanAZDid not sign$35,750
HarkinDemocratIADid not sign$33,500
JohannsRepublicanNEDid not sign$32,300
NelsonDemocratFLDid not sign$31,950
LiebermanIndependentCTDid not sign$31,500
DurbinDemocratILDid not sign$30,925
MenéndezDemocratNJSigned$30,500
UdallDemocratCODid not sign$29,800
SessionsRepublicanALDid not sign$29,000
CaseyDemocratPASigned$28,112
CardinDemocratMDSigned$27,879
LandrieuDemocratLADid not sign$27,550
RobertsRepublicanKSDid not sign$27,250
WickerRepublicanMSDid not sign$27,000
SchumerDemocratNYDid not sign$26,500
DorganDemocratNDDid not sign$26,350
BarrassoRepublicanWYDid not sign$26,000
SnoweRepublicanMEDid not sign$25,500
CrapoRepublicanIDDid not sign$24,500
PryorDemocratARDid not sign$23,250
FeinsteinDemocratCASigned$23,000
RockefellerDemocratWVSigned$22,474
BingamanDemocratNMDid not sign$22,000
ThuneRepublicanSDDid not sign$21,958
McCaskillDemocratMODid not sign$19,600
CochranRepublicanMSDid not sign$19,000
FeingoldDemocratWISigned$18,100
HaganDemocratNCDid not sign$17,100
BondRepublicanMODid not sign$16,750
ReedDemocratRISigned$16,000
VitterRepublicanLADid not sign$15,958
BennettRepublicanUTDid not sign$15,500
InhofeRepublicanOKDid not sign$15,000
BrownbackRepublicanKSDid not sign$14,950
LautenbergDemocratNJSigned$14,500
RischRepublicanIDDid not sign$14,500
JohnsonDemocratSDDid not sign$14,250
BrownDemocratOHSigned$14,000
HutchisonRepublicanTXDid not sign$14,000
ShelbyRepublicanALDid not sign$13,500
KerryDemocratMASigned$13,050
MikulskiDemocratMDSigned$13,000
CoburnRepublicanOKDid not sign$12,208
GillibrandDemocratNYSigned$12,000
LugarRepublicanINDid not sign$11,050
KlobucharDemocratMNDid not sign$10,750
BegichDemocratAKDid not sign$10,300
UdallDemocratNMSigned$10,250
WhitehouseDemocratRISigned$10,250
BoxerDemocratCASigned$10,100
TesterDemocratMTDid not sign$9,500
CantwellDemocratWASigned$8,750
LeahyDemocratVTSigned$8,250
ByrdDemocratWVDid not sign$6,000
MerkleyDemocratORSigned$5,500
AkakaDemocratHISigned$3,500
FrankenDemocratMNSigned$3,350
BennetDemocratCOSigned$2,000
InouyeDemocratHISigned$2,000
ShaheenDemocratNHDid not sign$1,250
WebbDemocratVADid not sign$1,250
SandersIndependentVTSigned$1,050
BurrisDemocratILSigned$0
KaufmanDemocratDESigned$0
KirkDemocratMASigned$0
KohlDemocratWISigned$0
LeMieuxRepublicanFLDid not sign$0
 
Average received by the 30 Senators who signed letter$15,937
Average received by the 70 Senators who did not sign letter$37,322
Average received by the 30 non-Republican Senators who did not sign letter$34,400
 

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 presidential campaigns (Dodd, Kerry, Lieberman, McCain) are omitted. The October 8, 2009 letter in support of the public option is published at Talking Points Memo.

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