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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Is your legislator on "the list"? Patient safety at risk by political lobby $$$.

Who are medtech's favorites in Congress?

March 17, 2015 by Brad Perriello  FiDA Highlight
Republicans, mostly, as the GOP got the lion's share of the more than $4.5 million in donations the medical device industry gave legislators last year, according to

The medical device industry doled out more than $4.5 million to legislators on Capitol Hill last year, with most of the donations going to Republicans and incumbents, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' website.
Senators and representatives from the Grand Old Party received more than $2.7 million from medtech last year, compared with just more than $1.8 million for Democrats (and just $2,000 for "others"), according to the nonpartisan website.

Incumbents also took in more than 1st-time candidates, pulling in $4.0 million of the total donated. 
In the U.S. House of Representatives, 158 Republicans received an average contribution of $10,625, compared with an average of $6,842 sent to some 140 Democratic representatives (and no independents). 

Democrats did better in the Upper Chamber, with 41 receiving an average of $17,460, compared with 37 Republicans who got an average of $16,896 from medtech's coffers, according to the website.

Not surprisingly, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) received the most from the medical device industry in 2014, at $93,049. Paulsen has long been a friend to the sizeable medtech cluster in the North Star State and has spearheaded efforts in the House to repeal the medical device tax. He's the lead sponsor of H.R. 160, the "Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015."
Interestingly, another medical device stalwart, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), does not appear on the list of the top 20 recipients of medtech's largesse. Hatch is the sponsor of the Senate's companion bill for repealing the medical device tax, S. 149 or the "Medical Device Access & Innovation Protection Act."

Here's a look at that top 20 list, from both the House and Senate and whether they've signed on to the medtech tax repeal bills in their respective chambers:

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)
sponsor of HR 160
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
has not signed S 149
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
has not signed HR 160
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
did not win reelection
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
has not signed S 149
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
has not signed S 149
Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.)
has signed HR 160
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
has signed S 149
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
has not signed HR 160
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
has not signed S 149
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
has not signed S 149
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.)
has not signed HR 160
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
has signed HR 160
Ryan, Paul (R-WI)
has not signed HR 160
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
has signed S 149
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
has signed HR 160
Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio)
has signed HR 160
Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
has not signed HR 160
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
has not signed HR 160
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
has signed S 149

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