Lobbying, Conflicts of interest

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Center for Responsive Politics. Lobbying database, http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?indexType=i

In 2006, the insurance industry spent $130 million to lobby Congress and Federal agencies.

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Drinkard J. AARP accused of conflict of interest. USA Today, November 21, 2003, p.11A

60% of the AARP’s income derives from Medigap policies, membership list sales, and related activities

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Renzulli D (Center for Public Integrity). Capitol offenders: How private internists govern our states. Public Integrity Books, Washington DC. 2002, p.95

Figures on lobbying

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/11/AR2009081100048_pf.html

Lobbying on health care issues topped $446 million in 2007.