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Top Lobbyists & the 113th Congress: Insurance in Top 10

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

For years, many of individuals and organizations and politicians have been complaining about lobbyists influencing government. Democrats and former President Obama spent a lot of the last eight years pushing for reforms.

 

No surprise — considering the amount of money involved — that no legislation was introduced to curb lobbyist spending or reform government involvement by lobbyists. 

 

The top 50 contributors lobbying for their causes in the just finished 113th Congress totaled $100 million shy of $1 billion at $900,616,000. Over half of that is from the top 10 contributors who gave $447,524,000.

 

Insurance — in bold in the chart — ranks sixth with $37.17 million going to political causes. Of that, 66% went to Republicans and the top recipient of that money was House Speaker and Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

 

That’s lobbying to Congress. For all lobbying, the industry spent $146,662,996. That money was spent on 168 clients and was spent by 857 different lobbyists representing several companies. 

 

It’s down from $157,810,809 spent on 173 clients in 2015.

 

For insurance, the top 10 lobbying spenders are:

 

  Blue Cross / Blue Shield — $13.84 million

  Prudential Financial — $9.4 million

  America’s Health Insurance Plans — $6.96 million

  MetLife — $5.11 million

  Northwestern Mutual — $4.7 million

  American Council of Life Insurers — $4.5 million

  Cigna — $4.5 million

  USAA — $4.5 million

  New York Life Insurance — $4.26 million

  Property Casualty Insurers Association of America — $4.2 million

 

The chart below looks at the top 10 contributors who — again — gave over half of the over $900 million contributed to the 113th Congress. 

 

Rank

Interest Group

Total

Democrat %

Republican %

Top Recipient

1

Retired

$94.38 million

27%

73%

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz

2

Lawyers / Law firms

$56.76 million

56%

44%

Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen

3

Securities / investment

$55.05 million

35%

65%

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio

4

Real estate

$49.48 million

37%

63%

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio

5

Health Professionals

$42.68 million

39%%

61%

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders

6

Insurance

$38.17 million

34%

66%

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan

7

Leadership / PACs

$33.24 million

24%

76%

Democratic Sen. Rob Portman

8

Democrat / Liberal

$30.81 million

99%

1%

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders

9

Oil & gas

$24.26 million

10%

90%

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz

10

Pharmaceutical / health products

$22.71 million

38%

62%

Republican Sen. Richard Burr

 

 

Others — rounding out the top-20 — giving high double-digit figures with most going to Republicans:

 

  Lobbyists — top recipient: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)

  Commercial banks — top recipient: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania)

  Conservative Republicans — top recipient: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

  Education — top recipient: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)

  Miscellaneous finance — top recipient: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

  Electric utlities — top recipient: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

  Manufacturing/distributing — top recipient: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

  Business services —  top recipient: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)

  Electronics — top recipient: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)

  Crop production — top recipient : Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

 

The list is the top 50 and except for these contributors, a usually much higher dollar amount goes to Republicans than Democrats. And this margin is usually huge. The percentage of lobbyists pushing money to Democrats is just 20% of the list:

 

  Lawyers — 56% to 44%

  Democrat/liberal — 99% to 1%

  Education — 73% to 27%

  Electronics — 52% to 48%

  TV & movies — 62% to 38%

 

Donations predominantly to Democrats in single digit millions:

 

  Public sector unions — 86% to 14%

  Transportation unions — 66% to 34%

  Building trade unions — 78% to 22%

  Civil servants — 65% to 35%

  Industrial unions — number 50 on the chart — 92% to 7%

 

In the top-10 contributors Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) were each top recipient twice. And Sanders knocked it out of the park with lobbyists with 18 of the top 50 contributors making him the top recipient.

 

What’s most odd about that figure? Of the 18, a whopping 11 of them gave a higher percentage of their lobbyist dollars to Republicans.

 

  Cruz was second at 7 times as the top recipient

  Rubio had 5

 

Of the PIA Western Alliance state members of Congress just two were top recipients and both are Republicans:

 

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski — Number 16 — Electric utilities

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden — Number 31 — Telecom Services

 

Source links: Center for Responsive Politics — link 1, link 2

 

 

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