Lunchtime Links


1) The Washington Post has an excellent infographic on House health care votes, campaign contributions and percent uninsured in district.

2) The New York Review of Books’ Michael Tomasky has a run-down on the process that led to the health care bill. (In the self-serving department, this article features quotes from myself.)

3) More reasons why an earmark ban won’t work via The Hill: “Another appropriations lobbyist said he expected that for-profit companies will step up efforts to try to partner with his nonprofit clients to secure federal money. Universities and other nonprofit entities would then pay out money from the earmark to the company.” Kind of like a Citizens United for for-profit earmark recipients.

4) The top 10 lobbying fights in financial reform.

5) PhRMA comes back with a $6 million ad buy in favor of health care reform.

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  • John Thacker

    That’s actually a reason why an earmark ban limited just to for-profits wouldn’t work. That wouldn’t apply to a blanket ban.

    Any arguments against earmarks are also the same reason that campaign finance reform in general “doesn’t work.”