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Sen. Grassley Raised More Than $150,000 Over the Summer From Health Care and Insurance Interests
Date:11/5/2009

Iowa and national campaign finance watchdogs ask: Who does Grassley represent?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) has raised $154,350 in campaign donations in the 3rd quarter of 2009 from health care interests, including $43,590 from health insurance interests, according to research conducted by the campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund. Grassley serves as the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which voted out a health care reform bill earlier this year.

Over his career, Grassley has raised at least $3.3 million from the health care and insurance industries during his time in Washington, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

"Sen. Grassley was showered with health industry contributions while the Finance Committee was meeting to discuss health care legislation," said David Donnelly, national programs director for Public Campaign Action Fund. "Insurance PACs and executives wanted Grassley to oppose health care reform, and that's what they got."

"More than 279,000 Iowans are living without health insurance," said Betty Ahrens, executive director of the Iowa Citizen Action Network. "When it's time to vote, Iowans want to know whether Sen. Grassley will stand with us, or with his special interest campaign contributors."

"Like our health care system, the current campaign finance system in this country is broken," said Adam Mason, state policy organizing director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. "Iowans need better health care and we need politicians free from the influence of special interest campaign contributors."

The health care industry has spent tens of million dollars on campaign contributions and lobbying expenses to influence Congress in 2009. Congress should pass the Fair Elections Now Act (S.752, H.R.1826), legislation that would create a voluntary system of public financing that provides can
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