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Former Rep. John Doolittle and his wife were named as unindicted co-conspirators in court filings in the Kevin Ring trial. Ring is on trial in connection with the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation. Doolittle, Ring’s former employer, was long thought to be a target in the investigation and retired from the House at the end of a term where his house and personal offices were raided by the FBI.

Open Secrets finds Democrats voting against public option received more contributions on average from industries opposing the public option.

The Senate is set to begin debate on the climate bill. The Washington Post was leaked a preliminary copy of the legislation.

Lobbyist money follows power. The Wall Street Journal finds Democrats pull in more lobbyist and PAC money than Republicans, a reversal from when Republicans were in power.

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  • John Thacker

    If the bill does not include a public option, then the insurance companies will lobby heavily for it to pass.

    The AMA is officially in favor of the bill, as is the AARP, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the Federation of American Hospitals. They’re spending millions on ads backing it.

    So I hope we get further posts discussing whether or not AMA, PhRMA, and FAH contributions are correlated with votes in favor of the final bill, and the same with insurance company contributions if there is no public option.