12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ive money directly to candidates for federal office, that ruling, known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has dramatically reshaped the political landscape for federal and state e …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

Revisit some of the best analysis from former health insurance exec-turned-whistleblower, Wendell Potter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… Read the rest   Politicians doing 'as much harm as possible' to Florida's insured, from Aug. 19, 2013 “First do no harm. That’s a tenet of m …"

"… an oath when they’re sworn into office. Because they aren’t, folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two y …"

OPINION: drug firms say no to rebates, despite billions in new revenue from Part D

By Wendell Potter

Part D brought drug companies billions, but they say the sky is falling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare Part D":

"… also eligible for Medicaid because of their low incomes.  Before the Medicare Part D drug program was created in 2006, the pharmaceutical industry paid rebates …"

"… s." And this: “The President has again proposed to upend the successful Medicare Part D prescription drug program by imposing government price controls on it.” …"

OPINION: Big Pharma's stranglehold on Washington

By Wendell Potter

Pharmaceutical firms are getting their money's worth on Capitol Hill.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… and gas companies and their trade associations spent $1.4 billion lobbying Congress over the same time frame while the defense and aerospace industry spent $6 …"

"… surers.)  The huge sum of money our nation’s drug makers lavish on Congress each year begs the question, what are they seeking in return? Surely it ha …"

"… the pharmaceutical industry. That’s because the industry’s friends in Congress (and the White House at the time) went along with Big Pharma’s demand th …"

"… et better deals on prices. But, incredibly, not the Medicare program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the government could save $112 billion o …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

Analysis — Are seniors paying attention to Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare?

By Wendell Potter

ANALYSIS: Republicans sold seniors a bill of goods on health care reform and Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance industry":

"… ld alter Medicare. Shortly after I testified before Congress about how the insurance industry was conducting a behind-the-scenes campaign to influence public opinion ab …"

"… Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., invited me to share my perspective as a former insurance industry insider at his Sept. 3, 2009, town hall meeting at Montclair State Univers …"

"… ts planned to dismantle the program.There was no doubt in my mind that the insurance industry was the original source of that lie. While insurers liked the part of refo …"

"… : A provision of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, written primarily by the insurance industry and backed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent …"

Tobacco company penalties may signal U.S. crackdown on industry practices overseas

By Traver Riggins and Ricardo Sandoval Palos

A flurry of federal enforcement action targeting payoffs by subsidiaries of two U.S. tobacco companies may signal a broader regulatory assau

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ices abroad, according to experts on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice on Friday announced resolution of civil and …"

The top ten PACs that will miss Chris Dodd

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

When Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd first ran for the Senate in 1980, his campaign cost only about $1.4 million. But three decades later, r

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… the top ten PACs that have supported Dodd over his entire Senate career:1. Bank of America at least $165,2992. JPMorgan Chase at least $150,6033. American Bankers As …"

"… d Brokers of America declined to comment for this story. A spokeswoman for Bank of America noted that their PAC is “funded by voluntary contributions by associates …"

How do health care lobby dollars match influence in Congress?

By Adam Clark Estes

Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform?

Commentary: Changing Washington: The hard part

By Bill Buzenberg

The difficulty overcoming the entrenched political tradition of earmarks is just one of many hard realities that will test the Obama Adminis

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… s. The industry has thus far also kept in check proposals that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. By boosting its spending most …"

More big money from pharmaceutical lobby in 2008

By Mary Beth Lombardo

The economy may be sliding, but that hasn’t stemmed the high-rolling habits of Washington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently r

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… ashington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently reported, the pharmaceutical industry — along with makers of medical devices and other health products — spe …"

A record year for the pharmaceutical lobby in '07

By M. Asif Ismail

Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill

FDA staff travels on drug industry dollars

By Alexander Cohen

Groups tied to FDA-regulated industry paying for agency officials' trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "Theresa Musser":

"… c: "FDA Enforcement: What You Need to Know to Avoid or Respond to the FDA."Theresa Musser, president of DIA and executive director of Rigel Pharmaceuticals, defende …"

FDA: A shell of its former self

By M. Asif Ismail

The Food and Drug Administration lacks the power to regulate pharmaceuticals and keep you safe

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Public relations":

"… as guns-for-hire with Public relations firm the White House Writers Group.Public relations is the fulcrum that allows the industry to leverage its muscle by launchin …"

Drug industry influence timeline

What the pharmaceutical industry has gotten on its political investment

Excerpts from this story referencing "diseases":

"… iple bills, including the Orphan Drug Act relating to medications for rare diseases, the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act, and the Public Health Service …"

"… ew period.1991The FDA accelerates the review of drugs for life-threatening diseases.1987The Prescription Drug Marketing Act passed. (Requires distribution of …"

"… han Drug Act passes. The law encourages development of drugs to treat rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 by giving incentives to companies.1980Bayh-Do …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of the U.S. Trade":

"… ectly oversees the industry's products.PhRMA disclosed contacting the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on 59 reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Record …"

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

Former ambassador lobbies Canadians on drug imports to U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gordon Giffin":

"… top aide to lobby the government with which they once conducted diplomacy.Gordon Giffin, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Canada from August 1997 to April 200 …"

The state money race

By Derek Willis

Democrats outraised GOP in the states, but have little to show for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… s and employees, with the most going to New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee and New York. Georgia, New York and New Jersey were the only three states in which Demo …"

"… th the most going to New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee and New York. Georgia, New York and New Jersey were the only three states in which Democratic committees r …"

"… ound willing partners in California, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Virginia where state party committees combined to send a total of $1,1 …"

"… rgia, totaling $47,368, while it took in nearly $3.1 million from Florida, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C.Considering only individual donors, the percent …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Service Employees International Union":

"… t.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union, two of the largest unions and Democratic supporters, gave the most to 527 …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… move. Joining the BIO in the crusade was its lobbying counterpart from the pharmaceutical industry, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, along with corp …"

"… octor who receives many of his campaign contributions from the medical and pharmaceutical industry. According to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, over the pa …"

Commentary: How Bush handles McCain will set tone for his presidency

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2001 — Now that George W. Bush has been duly sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States, he immediately fac

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… sure requirements were strengthened through the creation of an independent Federal Election Commission. But the authority of this new regulatory system was undermined by the U.S …"

Montana an unlikely target for out-of-state campaign cash

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2000 — Montana might not seem like the logical setting for a full-scale brawl over a U.S. Senate seat, but with the

Stealth PACs revealed

By The Center for Public Integrity

February 9, 2000 — The 2000 election cycle promised to be a high-stakes and free-spending election by anyone's measure. The balance of power

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… e drives as well as to television, radio and print advertisements opposing Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Gannett News Service reports that CSE plans to spend more than $1 mil …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. These new numbers reverse — at least temporarily — top lob …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

Insurers, drug companies get what they want from Congress; the public, not so much

Drug lobby donation went to pro-Democratic nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Half-million-dollar donation from PhRMA went to little-known group that backed Harry Reid.

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