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And, yes, I DO take it personally: Obama received over $20M for the 2008 campaign from the healthcare industry, THREE TIMES more than McCain
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Obama received over $20M for the 2008 campaign from the healthcare industry, THREE TIMES more than McCain

ah... change... ya gotta love it...
Obama received $20 million from healthcare industry in 2008 campaign

While some sunlight has been shed on the hefty sums shoveled into congressional campaign coffers in an effort to influence the Democrats' massive healthcare bill, little attention has been focused on the far larger sums received by President Barack Obama while he was a candidate in 2008.

A new figure, based on an exclusive analysis created for Raw Story by the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that President Obama received a staggering $20,175,303 from the healthcare industry during the 2008 election cycle, nearly three times the amount of his presidential rival John McCain. McCain took in $7,758,289, the Center found.

The new figure, obtained by Raw Story through an independent custom research request performed by the Center for Responsive Politics -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics -- is the most comprehensive breakdown yet available of healthcare industry contributions to Obama during the 2008 election cycle.

Currently, the Center's website shows that Obama received $19,462,986 from the health sector, which includes health professionals ($11.7m), health services/HMOs ($1.4m), hospitals/nursing homes ($3.3m) and pharmaceuticals/health products ($2.1m). Miscellaneous health donations (from which Obama received $860,411) are also factored into the current total health sector numbers but are not accessible on the site.

ya see why my posting has all but dried up...? it's really hard to deal with the steady drumbeat of grim news... when the vast majority of the billions and billions of people in this world are desperate for principled leadership to empower them in their efforts to make their lives better, to help them put food on their tables and clothes on the backs of their kids, is THIS what we should be reading about the "leader of the free world"...? i don't think so...

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