Politics

"Blue Dog" Democrats Get Big Bucks From Health Industry

| by OpenSecrets
There's a particular breed of lawmaker on Capitol Hill that is pushing hard against a public health care plan, much to the delight of two seriously moneyed special interest groups--insurers and pharmaceuticals. They're the Blue Dogs: moderate, vocal and funded in part by the industries trying to protect their bottom line.

The typical member* of the Blue Dog caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has received $10,300 more from insurers than the typical non-Blue Dog Democrat in the House (including health and accident insurers, HMOs and other health services) and only $3,625 less than the typical House Republican. Earlier this month, the Blue Dogs sent a letter to House leadership arguing that a public option should be created "only if insurance market reforms and increased competition don't lower costs on their own," according to the Politico.

The support for Blue Dogs from health care professionals is even more evident. Health pros are among the top 20 industry donors to 38 Blue Dogs since 1989 and are the No. 1 donor for five of them. Health pros have also given the typical Blue Dog $47,550 more than the typical non-Blue Dog Democrat in the House. This month the American Medical Association, which lobbies on behalf of doctors, also came out against a public health insurance plan. The AMA is among the top 20 contributors to 10 Blue Dogs since 1989.

Insurance and pharmaceutical companies fear that a public health option would allow the government to control costs and steal business. And with the Blue Dogs leading the charge against the government-funded plan, the industries might just get their way. Without any support from the GOP, two-thirds of the coalition's members, who mostly represent Southern and Midwestern states, would have to get behind the House legislation, according to Kaiser Health News.

The health sector overall has given $62,650 more to the typical Blue Dog Democrat than to the typical non-Blue Dog Dem since 1989, while hospitals and nursing homes also favor them, giving $5,680 and $5,550 more, respectively. The typical House Republican, however, has collected more than the typical Democrat--Blue Dog or not--from insurers, health professionals and the health sector overall.

When it comes to the pharmaceutical and health products industry, the typical Blue Dog has collected more than the typical non-Blue Dog Dem, but on average, the non-Blue Dog Democrats have brought in more from the companies.

*The term "typical" refers to the median, which we are using for comparison in part because of the handful of lawmakers in leadership who have raised large amounts of money, skewing the mean.

Here's a list of the members of the Blue Dog Coalition and the total they've received to their leadership PAC and candidate committees from the employees and PACs of various health-related industries and the health sector overall since 1989:

Name

Health Sector
Health Insurance
Pharmaceutical
Health Pros
Hospitals
Nursing Homes

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)

$1,395,099
$628,804
$130,999
$783,210
$158,716
$132,000

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn)

$1,173,896
$90,710
$164,478
$699,218
$112,350
$156,250

Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn)

$949,249
$252,950
$300,970
$270,618
$215,436
$25,750

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark)

$921,670
$30,500
$102,200
$622,048
$47,900
$97,250

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn)

$896,414
$153,175
$104,650
$236,282
$239,030
$39,923

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)

$772,878
$91,500
$217,451
$403,484
$54,650
$10,000

Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla)

$689,842
$71,750
$142,961
$408,244
$82,781
$18,956

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif)

$647,032
$70,070
$129,750
$362,882
$48,885
$60,600

Rep. David Scott (D-Ga)

$610,279
$90,831
$64,000
$494,628
$24,401
$3,250

Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark)

$567,917
$20,750
$40,050
$400,767
$43,800
$60,600

Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan)

$461,855
$137,700
$46,750
$309,255
$71,850
$3,000

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga)

$461,425
$56,000
$20,150
$330,574
$52,501
$27,700

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

$422,198
$26,250
$44,998
$268,900
$57,050
$12,500

Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa)

$419,279
$36,050
$73,794
$159,200
$116,235
$17,500

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif)

$407,939
$68,300
$61,700
$224,684
$39,330
$1,000

Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill)

$392,000
$74,650
$210,330
$90,360
$31,170
$22,470

Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa)

$388,278
$20,673
$7,300
$305,042
$51,288
$13,250

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

$387,709
$12,000
$37,850
$296,709
$26,250
$500

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif)

$386,208
$31,500
$22,650
$304,086
$40,842
$4,000

Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind)

$379,343
$77,500
$136,516
$152,152
$45,225
$16,000

Rep. Sanford D Bishop Jr (D-Ga)

$357,496
$175,890
$28,500
$210,596
$52,800
$4,450

Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga)

$346,351
$42,600
$64,750
$232,825
$14,375
$12,000

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif)

$330,006
$20,350
$11,000
$240,406
$51,700
$15,000

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)

$329,924
$44,600
$16,100
$214,180
$58,549
$18,200

Rep. Patrick J Murphy (D-Pa)

$320,253
$30,300
$107,536
$131,611
$45,174
$6,300

Rep. Leonard L Boswell (D-Iowa)

$306,680
$60,950
$6,550
$225,330
$41,750
$15,850

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif)

$305,194
$39,000
$41,950
$212,319
$21,925
$3,000

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla)

$265,960
$24,500
$27,000
$195,010
$29,400
$6,050

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss)

$265,153
$12,600
$5,750
$243,253
$8,500
$500

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz)

$256,320
$39,400
$18,000
$167,900
$33,775
$12,000

Rep. Charles J Melancon (D-La)

$250,088
$27,600
$62,149
$102,999
$38,800
$3,000

Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn)

$239,075
$27,750
$43,300
$128,475
$27,600
$24,800

Rep. Collin C Peterson (D-Minn)

$235,870
$45,250
$29,500
$167,300
$16,520
$4,050

Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

$233,250
$30,350
$10,750
$169,600
$21,300
$14,000

Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky)

$227,600
$28,000
$2,300
$158,250
$29,500
$1,500

Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala)

$216,200
$9,500
$18,000
$164,500
$12,350
$13,100

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC)

$192,312
$11,750
$71,050
$77,862
$27,900
$10,500

Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo)

$184,508
$19,500
$9,750
$116,958
$31,950
$8,250

Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa)

$173,714
$5,150
$19,950
$111,439
$21,525
$8,000

Rep. Zachary T Space (D-Ohio)

$165,444
$14,650
$31,019
$92,400
$18,075
$19,450

Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif)

$161,250
$11,500
$11,800
$129,250
$6,300
$3,500

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind)

$158,628
$13,800
$29,250
$109,628
$11,250
$0

Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio)

$143,224
$13,500
$16,004
$88,650
$9,820
$5,000

Rep. Walter Clifford Minnick (D-Idaho)

$126,464
$9,950
$4,200
$100,194
$9,370
$2,000

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif)

$114,675
$6,500
$12,700
$69,150
$21,225
$3,000

Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va)

$112,050
$500
$5,550
$96,350
$2,000
$500

Rep. Harry E Mitchell (D-Ariz)

$109,825
$38,600
$10,000
$53,000
$14,975
$14,000

Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY)

$106,547
$12,750
$1,000
$75,547
$10,150
$17,800

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind)

$102,498
$15,400
$3,200
$71,993
$14,155
$7,500

Rep. Frank M Kratovil Jr (D-Md)

$86,806
$14,500
$14,000
$36,206
$11,050
$9,250

Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala)

$73,750
$11,000
$9,000
$28,200
$5,700
$10,850

Rep. Travis W Childers (D-Miss)

$64,950
$6,500
$8,500
$40,650
$5,500
$6,500