Politico: How Dems set stage for corporate-backed health care campaign

Written by admin on October 16th, 2009

Politico has been very active on the health care front.  They lay out the battle plan of the Obama Administration.

Story here:

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=5AC955BE-18FE-70B2-A8E44DE7927D15EA

One ethics expert, however, said the meeting still raises issues. No matter how careful Messina and Selib were to avoid conversation about Healthy Economy Now, their mere presence at what proved to be the coalition’s creation raises questions, said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that advocates for greater transparency and ethics in government.

“There’s no problem with sitting down at the table and talking,” said Allison. “But if they are signaling that they would really like these groups to support health care reform and trying to tell the groups how they’ll benefit from the plan, they’re laying a ‘quid’ on the table, and — even if they don’t discuss dollar amounts or advertising strategies — they’re suggesting what the ‘quo’ is, which is the groups’ support for the plan.”

The Best Government Money Can Buy? is a non partisan documentary film about the links between lobbying and campaign finance.

 

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