What if political contributors paid for Health Care?

Just a quick interesting table of stats I put together, using data from OpenSecrets.org by our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics.

If you were to add up the top political contributors from liberal organizations and individuals to 527 organizations during the 2008 election cycle alone, it amounts to $180,991,539.00. (Add in other individual Corporate donors and you’re at almost $2 Billion!)  A lot of it comes from labor unions like SEIU, AFL-CIO  & AFSCME and contributing non-profits, such as ACORN (see America Votes), the very groups that are all pressing the hardest for government-run Health Care.  And this is only 527 orgs and PACs – this isn’t large corporate donors and the like.

Oh yeah, lots of our tax dollars go to these partisan groups, too. They’re not supposed to, but they do.  ACORN will tell you they don’t get federal funds, but we know they do – and then they turn around and pay it right back to the politicians through a 527 organization like America Votes.  (See the federal grant reports & 527 contribution reports on The ACORN Money Trail page).

So let me pose this question.  If these groups can afford to “donate” almost $181 Million to Barack Obama, then why are they lobbying for government-run health care? If they were really that concerned about their members, then why not keep that  and use it to purchase private health care insurance for those who need it?  Or why not donate it to health care organizations for the uninsured?

Consider the billions more that I haven’t even listed here…corporations, wealthy philanthropists, average individuals…Just imagine if everyone who donated money for the 2008 election and the next upcoming Congressional elections pooled all of those funds together and put it toward health care?

…Forget Medicare & Medicaid, I think every American would quickly have a Cadillac insurance plan.

Top Contributors to 527 Organizations
2008 Election Cycle

Service Employees International Union

$27,432,667

America Votes

$25,959,173

EMILY’s List

$13,659,555

The Fund for America

$12,142,046

Patriot Majority Fund

$8,266,627

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

$5,892,463

Alliance for New America (SEIU)

$4,890,620

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

$4,461,701

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

$4,262,817

United Food & Commercial Workers Union

$4,054,000

Majority Action

$3,896,000

American Leadership Project

$3,459,035

ActBlue

$3,169,517

Citizens for Strength and Security

$3,153,000

Public Campaign Action Fund

$2,948,345

Young Democrats of America

$2,728,207

Laborers Union

$2,584,940

National Education Assn

$2,224,145

Citizens for Progress

$2,172,432

Sheet Metal Workers Union

$2,042,664

Plumbers/Pipefitters Union

$1,747,079

Grassroots Democrats

$1,201,181

Ironworkers Union

$1,174,896

Democrats 2000

$1,067,500

Planned Parenthood

$950,000

American Family Voices Voters’ Alliance

$651,025

Total 2008 Election Cycle Contributions:

$146,191,635.00

Top Individual Contributors to 527 Organizations
2008 Election Cycle

George Soros

$5,000,000

Steven Bing

$4,850,000

Gerard & Lilo Leeds

$4,787,000

Fred Eychaner

$1,675,000

Alida R Messinger

$1,578,000

John R Hunting

$1,283,000

Jon Stryker

$1,114,054

Lee Fikes

$1,050,000

Pat Stryker

$955,000

Peter B Lewis

$925,000

Lynde B Uihlein

$750,000

Gladys G Cofrin

$745,000

David Bonderman

$725,000

Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan

$554,000

Francine Goldstein

$500,000

Michael R Bloomberg

$500,000

Total 2008 Election Cycle Contributions:

$26,991,054.00

Grand Total 527 Orgs:

$173,182,689.00

Top PAC Contributors, 2009-2010

Operating Engineers Union

$1,942,500

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

$960,650

National Community Pharmacists Assn

$960,000

American Crystal Sugar

$544,000

American Assn for Justice

$504,000

Carpenters & Joiners Union

$500,000

Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union

$448,000

Teamsters Union

$341,500

Ironworkers Union

$335,500

Air Line Pilots Assn

$329,500

United Food & Commercial Workers Union

$315,550

United Transportation Union

$315,250

Sheet Metal Workers Union

$312,400

Total PAC Contributions:

$7,808,850.00

Grand Total 527 Orgs & PACs: $180,991,539.00

Summary Campaign Finance Data for Obama, Source of Total Funds (as of Dec. 2008)

Individual contributions      $656,357,572
PAC contributions     $1,830
Candidate self-financing     $0
Federal Funds     $0
Other     $88,626,223

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