As reported last week by Party Time, health care reform continues to be a potent fundraising issue for lawmakers. One legislator in particular has seen a large amount of funds come into her campaign from the health care industry and will perhaps do so again tonight.
Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa.,is scheduled to hold a fundraiser tonight hosted by several lobbyists for the industry. The healthcare sector was her largest contributor in the last cycle. The event is scheduled to be a dinner held at the offices of the American College of Radiology featuring fellow Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.
Geoff Werth, of the US Oncology PAC, is one of the eight listed lobbyists hosting the event. In September of last year, Party Time pointed out Werth’s event-hosting spree when he and his fellow US Oncology lobbyist Matt Brow hosted eight fundraisers in two weeks. At the time, Werth was lobbying on H.R. 2366, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, a bill that would require the coverage of oral chemotherapy drugs by private insurers. US Oncology is one of the largest purchasers of such drugs in the country and stood to benefit from the passage of the bill. Although this bill died in committee, the US Oncology and Werth are apparently still lobbying on its behalf.
Suggested contributions for the Schwartz event are $2,000 to host and $1,000 to attend.Tweet
And as the Republican-led repeal effort unfolds tomorrow, there are nine other fundraisers planned for GOP members of the Energy and Commerce committee such as Guthrie on Wednesday and Thursday alone, giving ample opportunity for health care industry lobbyists and PAC managers to find face time with the crucial players in the health care debate.
The committee will be working on changes to the health care law this Congress, as an all-out repeal is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Other than these events, Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., also on the committee, has planned a duck hunt fundraiser on Friday, with suggested PAC donations of $2,000 or $5,000, in his home state.
Throughout the week, at least 29 fundraisers have been planned for House Republicans and Democrats, according to Party Time’s database.
John Shimkus, R-Ill., one of the top-ranking members on the Energy and Commerce panel, has booked a lunch at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar in downtown D.C. tomorrow, asking PACs for as much as $2,000 at the event.
On Thursday morning, just before the House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m., both Guthrie and Shimkus have early breakfasts scheduled at the Capitol Hill Club. That morning, the House will be considering a resolution to instruct relevant committees to report bills to replace the 2010’s health care overhaul law.
Asked about the timing of the events, Shimkus spokesman Steve Tomaszewski said, “They were set before the schedule was changed.”
A vote on the repeal was originally planned for last week but was postponed by House leadership after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz.
Neither Shimkus nor Guthrie has confirmed that the events are indeed taking place.
Meanwhile, tomorrow morning, Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., another top-ranking Energy and Commerce member, will be holding court at the Capitol Hill Club, a few hours before Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., the panel’s vice chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, has planned a lunch there.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, an advocate of health care repeal and the chair emeritus of the committee, is scheduled to be honored at a “Return to the ‘Hill’” dinner tomorrow night at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse.
Two other committee members — Tim Murphy, R-Pa. and Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., co-chairs of the GOP doctor’s caucus — have made Thursday at noon a convenient time for lobbyists and PAC managers by planning simultaneous fundraisers at the Capitol Hill Club. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Gingrey was one of the top recipients of health care professionals campaign contributions last election cycle; Murphy raked in more from the health industry than any other.
Other GOP House members with scheduled fundraisers Wednesday and Thursday include Reps. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Thad McCotter, R-Mich., Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Jim Gerlach, R-Penn., Sam Graves, R-Mo. (with two events), and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has also included a fundraiser in his schedule this week: a Thursday breakfast at the downtown lobbying firm BGR group.
On the Democrats’ side, Reps. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., and Joe Baca, D-Calif., have scheduled shindigs. Of course, the usual disclaimer applies here: there are likely more events taking place as Party Time does not grab all of Washington’s fundraisers.
Correction: Originally, this post mistakenly stated that Rep. Russ Carnahan represents Kansas. As a reader pointed out, he represents Missouri.Tweet
As the health care debate begins in earnest in Washington, D.C., here are some congressional fundraisers flagged as “health care” related on the invitations themselves–a sign to potential health care industry donors that it would be a good time to pony up.
Note the party for Rep. John Yarmuth at the home of lobbyist Julie Dominick hosted by the American Hospital Association. Dominick, who had worked for more than two decades for the Investment Company Institute, hung out her own lobbyist shingle in 2007 after the Democrats took control of Congress. Her home is now the location for many a congressional fundraiser.
Keep in mind that there are certainly there are many more fundraisers involving health care interests than on this list–these are only the ones we’ve collected that state their purpose so blatantly. Since there is no official disclosure required of these events, lawmakers choose how to advertise them. We’ll be doing more detailed analysis of health care related fundraisers in upcoming weeks.
Here are “health care” fundraisers:
Here are “healthcare” fundraisers:Tweet
Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party
Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist
Venue Name: where the party is
Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"
Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event
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