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Eric Cantor's Op-Ed: Defending Campaign Donors?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has an op-ed in the Washington Post today attacking President Barack Obama's policy agenda.

If read with the Center for Responsive Politics website opened right next to you, the op-ed could also look like a defense of some of Cantor's biggest campaign contributors.

Some excerpts (in bold):

Quayle Gets Questions on Insurance, Oil Handouts

ThinkProgress and a local Fox affiliate report that freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) took some heat last night at a town hall event in his district for both his votes to end Medicare as we know it and to extend taxpayer subsidies for oil companies.

PRESS RELEASE: Sen. Grassley Rakes in Health Care & Insurance Industry Campaign Cash

Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release today showing that over the summer as health care reform legislation was being debated in Congress Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) raised huge sums from the health care and insurance industries.

 

New Public Campaign Action Fund Press Release Details Huge Sums Spent to Kill Health Care Reform

Public Campaign Action Fund has issued a press release today detailing the huge amount of campaign contributions and lobbying expenses being doled out by the HMO and insurance industries in their effort to kill health care reform.

 

The Money in Politics Connection

The Public Campaign Action Fund released a report today regarding Sen. Ben Nelson's decision to oppose a public insurance option. The report includes an in-depth money in politics analysis - linking Sen. Nelson to over 1.2 million dollars in contributions from insurance interests.

To learn more and read the report, click here.

Mitch McConnell and Health Care

Every year, health care costs rise while insurance companies work harder and harder to deny benefits and exclude those with pre-existing conditions from obtaining coverage. Kentucky residents are particularly hard-hit, with 14.9 percent now going without any health insurance at all, and 17.1 percent without a specific source of ongoing primary care.[1]