By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:32 pm in 2009 CD10 special election.
Political action committees, or PACs, have contributed $250,250 to three elected Democratic candidates and one Republican running in tomorrow’s 10th Congressional District special election.
Click here to see my spreadsheet detailing the PAC contributions, including the contributor, date of contribution, amount and the industry represented. (I compiled the data from from OpenSecrets.org and the Federal Election Commission websites.)
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier leads with $107,100 in PAC dollars, followed by $93,900 for Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and $34,250 for Joan Buchanan.
Republican David Harmer has received $15,000, including $5,000 from the PAC operated by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The other candidates received none or very minor PAC contributions.
The PAC involvement has generated some interesting chatter on the progressive blogs such as Calitics, where a commenter posted an interesting response to Garamendi’s own posting about a favorable poll. The poster refers to Garamendi’s Aug. 6 appearance in Solano County where he said he had not received any insurance company money as of that date.
One would have to engage with Garamendi in a debate of over the definition of “insurance” to get to the bottom of what appears to be information contrary to his statement. But the health care industry has undeniably made its presence known in this race. It matters because health care reform is at the forefront of a national and Congressional debate.
PACs related to the insurance and health care industry who contributedto candidates in this campaign include:
GARAMENDI: Doctors Company, $2,500; Pacifc Life Insurance Company PAC, $2,000; Molina HealthCare Inc PAC, $1,000; American Health Care Associates PAC, $2,000
BUCHANAN: Anesthesia Service Medical Group good Government Fund, $5,000; Wellpoint Inc. Well PAC, $2,500; American Insurance Association PAC, $1,500; California Dental Association PAC, $5,000; American Medical Association PAC, $5,000
DESAULNIER: Intuitive Surgical Inc PAC, $500
Unions, however, have been the largest financial participants in this campaign. DeSaulnier has been the primary beneficiary, collecting $60,900, or more than half that amount. Here is a partial list of totals by type of PAC or industry:
Financial services: $17,000
Medical industry: $14,000
General business: $11,500
Lobbying firms: $11,000
Rep. George Miller’s PAC $10,000
Women’s groups: $8,250
Indian tribes: $7,400
Energy/oil companies: $7,000
Mitt Romney’s PAC: $5,000
Waste management: $5,000
Securities and investments: $2,500
Construction services $2,500
Hospitals/nursing homes $2,000
Auto industry: $1,000
Real estate $250