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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):

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Rep. Darrell Issa Learned to NOT Blame Big Oil

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of May 23-27, 2011.

Ryan Budget Vote in Senate: "Yes" Votes Have Raked In Insurance Industry Campaign Cash

The Senate just voted on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal that includes the controversial Medicare provision that would privatize the popular program, hurting seniors, and result in a windfall for the insurance industry. The measure failed by a vote of 57-40.

Not surpringly, the 40 Senators who voted "yes" on the budget have recieved substantial campaign contributions from the insurance industry, totaling $22,093,689, according to analysis by Public Campaign Action Fund, based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

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]