This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Remember it was John Boehner who distributed tobbacco lobby checks to his collegues on the House floor in 2006.
The new Republican leaders in the House have received millions of dollars in fresh contributions from banks, health insurers and other major business interests, which are pressing for broad reversals of Democratic policies that affect corporations, according to disclosure records and interviews.
Much of that money flowed to the GOP chairmen overseeing banking, energy and other key committees, who will play a central role in setting the House agenda over the next two years.
The impetus behind such largess is simple: Many companies and industry groups hope that House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other Republicans will succeed in rolling back Democratic policies they find objectionable, including environmental and Wall Street regulations.
GOP lawmakers took their first step in that direction Wednesday by voting to repeal President Obama‘s health-care reform law. Major health-care firms and their employees gave Republican leaders at least $5 million over the past two years, including well over $2 million to Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), according to a Washington Post analysis of contribution data.
The surge in donations to Republicans underscores the extent of the business community’s unhappiness with Democrats and Obama, who could face serious difficulties raising corporate donations for his 2012 reelection bid. The president has made efforts in recent months to improve relations with the business community, including hiring William M. Daley, a former commerce secretary and J.P. Morgan Chase executive, as his new chief of staff. More…
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- Senate Dems offer olive branch to GOP on healthcare reform (thehill.com)
- How not to deal with inconvenient information (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Yes, repeal health-care reform — on one condition – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- GOP conservatives press House for more spending cuts – Seattle Times (news.google.com)