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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance premiums":

"… paign taking shape. But let’s first go back to the spring of 2007. Both health insurance premiums and the number of uninsured Americans were continuing to skyrocket. Polls …"

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

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

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

OPINION: Big Pharma's stranglehold on Washington

By Wendell Potter

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

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.

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 "Medicaid":

"… rt of reform that would require all Americans not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid to buy coverage from them, they did not like the provision that would elim …"

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

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

How do health care lobby dollars match influence in Congress?

By Adam Clark Estes

Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Max Baucus":

"… er for Responsive Politics. …"

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 "financial services":

"… le of how special interest money all but controls Congress has been in the financial services sector. From the 1980s until today, nearly every piece of banking legislat …"

"… illion in lobbying and political contributions over the past decade by the financial services industry, along with some 3,000 lobbyists who flooded Washington, accordin …"

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

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 "FDA's Office of New Drug Chemistry":

"… aceutical-related companies.Charles Hoiberg, former deputy director of the FDA's Office of New Drug Chemistry, now works for Pfizer. Hoiberg is a board member of the International Soci …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… mers and health professionals are voluntary.Critics such as Marcia Angell, author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What t …"

"… zeal to crack down on inaccurate and misleading ads."The FDA doesn't have authority to pull ads," Steven Findlay, of Consumers Union, told the Center. Even …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bonner and Associates":

"… own grassroots activities. Pfizer, for example, currently employs the firm Bonner and Associates to promote its Medicare drug discount package. Founded by Jack Bonner, the …"

"… altimoreSun revealed that Consumer Alliance was a front group used by Bonner and Associates on behalf of PhRMA. Some health care advocates filed a complaint with the …"

"… e lobbying disclosure law. Ultimately, the complaint was not pursued after Bonner and Associates belatedly registered to lobby with the state.The year before, Bonner and A …"

"… d Associates belatedly registered to lobby with the state.The year before, Bonner and Associates had teamed up with the 60 Plus Association to run a phone campaign on Pfiz …"

Drug industry influence timeline

What the pharmaceutical industry has gotten on its political investment

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

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

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Christiane Fox":

"… tates does, lobbyists to report the amount of their earnings from clients, Christiane Fox, a spokeswoman for the lobbyists registration branch within Industry Canad …"

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 "Democratic National Committee":

"… tes the source and amount of contributions that the national parties—the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressiona …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Kennedy":

"… The Democratic bill, sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, was introduced on Feb. 2; a Republican one appeared the …"

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

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 "campaign finance disclosures":

"… ter has updated the following group profiles to include newly released IRS campaign finance disclosures, data on broadcast expenditures that the Center obtained from the Campaign …"

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 "BP":

"… n, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, BP and American Electrical Power. Ford Motor Co., drug maker Merck and Co., …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Max Baucus":

"… eral committee members, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont). Speaking of insurance companies, they, too, made out like bandi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Edwards":

"… th every Democratic presidential campaign since 1992, including serving as John Edwards’ national campaign manager in 2004, according to the group’s website.O …"

Heart testing bill signed by Perry required unnecessary tests, critics charge

By Rochelle Sharpe

Medical experts say measure signed by Perry requires unnecessary testing