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Healthcare PACs Tilt Toward GOP

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2012

(Besides the physician PACS, others, including hospital, nursing homes, health services and HMOS political action committees, contributed about $ 21 million,  some 58% to Republicans and 42% to Democrats, the data shows.)

This year's donations by physician and nurse organizations contrast with substantial Democratic contributions in 2010, and with the last presidential election in 2008. Two years ago, a total of $26.3 million was contributed, with $14.6 million to Democrats (56%), and $11.6 million to Republicans, (44%). In 2008, a total of $24.5 million was contributed, with $14.2 million (58%) for Democrats, and $10.2 million (46%) for Republicans.

Donations to Presidential Candidates
Of the $136 million Obama has raised to date, members of the healthcare industry, including physicians and nurses, have contributed less than $1 million ($967,291 to be exact,) and hospitals/nursing homes, $715,849, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

Of the $42.3 million former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has received, $642,703 was garnered from healthcare professionals and $314,377 from hospitals and nursing homes.

Romney's leading rival, Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has received $47,431 from health professionals, and $54,200 from hospitals and nursing homes. His mother, incidentally, was a nurse.

The healthcare boost to Republican congressional candidates and the overall support for Democrat Obama is not surprising to some election experts.

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