Rep. Dennis Moore’s health-care contributions: Not quite vomit-inducing

As the national healthcare-reform “debate” drags on, giving new meaning to the words “August recess,” here’s another installment in our effort to figure out exactly what percentage of their souls Kansas and Missouri politicians have sold to the medical industry.

This time, we take a look at Rep. Dennis Moore, one of the card-carrying “Blue Dog Democrats” who’ve supposedly been imperiling the Obama administration’s efforts.

Moore raised $1,715,751 in 2007-2008. Of this, the following amounts — more than $62,000 — came from the medical industry:

$5,000
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Nurse’s Association

$4,000
Bayer Corporation

$3,500
American Optometric Association
American College of Surgeons

$3,000
American Medical Association
American Hospital Association
National Community Pharmacists Association

$2,500
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
Cerner

$2,000
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Nurse’s Association
Kansas Medical Society
Medtronic Inc. Medical Technology Fund
Pfizer Inc.

$1,500
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Optometric Association

$1,000
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Otolaryngology
American College of Radiology
American Health Care Association
American Osteopathic Information Society
American Surgical Hospital Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Universal American Corp.
Wyeth Good Government Fund

$500
Association for the Advancement of Psychology

Actually, a scan through Moore’s records suggests that he’s a lot more in the back pocket of the finance industry than he is beholden to healthcare interests (he’s a member of the House Financial Services and Small Business committees rather than any committees directly dealing with health-care). And based on the health-care information on his Web site right now, he seems to be giving the issue some serious thought.

For now, Moore’s contributions, unlike those of his fellow Kansan Sen. Pat Roberts, don’t quite make us wanna vomit.

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