FACTBOX-US health lobbying costs mount as debate intensifies

Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:17pm EDT

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 Aug 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. healthcare and insurance
industries, with vital stakes in President Barack Obama's
healthcare debate, have paid lobbyists at least $340 million to
safeguard their interests in Washington this year.
 Corporate political action committees and company employees
have also channeled at least $27 million into federal campaign
coffers for the 2010 congressional election cycle, with
Democratic candidates the top beneficiaries.
 Obama, a Democrat, has made overhauling healthcare his top
domestic priority.
 Following is a list of industry payments to lobbyists and
campaign contributions to Democrats and Republicans through the
first half of 2009. The data is drawn from the Center for
Responsive Politics website at www.opensecrets.org, which last
updated its calculations for 2009 on Aug. 12.
                   LOBBYING      CONTRIBUTIONS   DEM vs REP
Health Products     $134,458,183      $4,214,265     55 vs 45
Insurance            $81,528,794      $7,001,898     55 vs 45
Nursing Homes        $50,330,605      $3,309,490     74 vs 26
Professionals        $39,408,563     $10,665,060     58 vs 42
Health Services/HMOs $34,646,637      $1,781,080     65 vs 35
 NOTE: Data on campaign contributions are based on donations
of $200 or more from political action committees and
individuals to federal candidates and from PAC, soft money and
individual donors to political parties, as reported to the
Federal Election Commission. The 2010 election cycle runs from
Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010.
 (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Eric Beech)

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