The AMA's Lobbyists & Political Contributions

June 11, 2009 6:12 pm ET

The American Medical Association's lobbyists also lobby for the biggest pharmaceutical and insurance companies and trade associations.  Additionally, over the last three election cycles, the AMA's political contributions have greatly favored Republicans over Democrats.

Whose Side Are They On?

The American Medical Association Uses The Same Lobbyists As Big Pharmaceutical Companies.  According to the Lobbying Disclosure Act database, one of the American Medical Associations' top lobbying firms, the McManus Group, also lobbies for:

  • PhRMA
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Merck
  • Pfizer

[Lobbying Disclosure Act database, accessed 6/11/09]

The American Medical Association Uses The Same Lobbyists As Big Business Associations.  According to the Lobbying Disclosure Act database, one of the American Medical Associations' top lobbying firms, Timmons & Company, also lobbies for:

  • American Council of Life Insurers
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Consumer Health Care Products Association
  • General American Life Insurance
  • Healthcare Distribution Management Association
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals

[Lobbying Disclosure Act database, accessed 6/11/09]

2004: The AMA Contributed $1,223,740 More To Republicans Than Democrats

In 2004, The AMA Gave Republican Candidates For Congress More Than $1.6 Million In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $1,674,750 to Republican candidates for Congress during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2004, The AMA Gave Democratic Candidates For Congress Merely $450,000 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $451,010 to Democratic candidates for Congress during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

Senate

In 2004, The AMA Gave Republican Senatorial Candidates More Than $100,000 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $107,500 to Republican Senatorial candidates during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2004, AMA Gave Democratic Senatorial Candidates Merely $41,000 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $41,410 to Democratic Senatorial candidates during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

House of Representatives

In 2004, The AMA Gave Republican Candidates For The House $1,241,148 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $1,241,148 to Republican candidates for the House of Representatives during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2004, The AMA Donated Merely $353,850 To Democratic Candidates For The House. The AMA donated $353,850 to Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives during the 2004 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

2006: The AMA Contributed $761,198 More To Republicans Than Democrats

In 2006, The AMA Donated Over $1.4 Million To Republican Candidates For Congress. The AMA gave $1,405,010 to Republican candidates for Congress during the 2006 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2006, The AMA Contributed Almost $650,000 To Democratic Candidates For Congress. During the 2006 campaign cycle, the AMA contributed $643,812 to Democratic candidates for Congress. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

Senate

In 2006, The AMA Gave Republican Senatorial Candidates Nearly $120,000 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $118,000 to Republican Senatorial candidates during the 2006 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2006, The AMA Contributed Only $53,183 To Democratic Senatorial Candidates.  During the 2006 campaign cycle, the AMA donated $53,183 to Democrats running for Senate. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

House of Representatives

In 2006, The AMA Gave House Republican Candidates More Than $1 Million In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $1,161,010 to Republican candidates for the House of Representatives during the 2006 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2006, The AMA Contributed More Than $500,000 To House Democratic Candidates. During the 2006 campaign cycle, the AMA donated $512,629 to House Democratic candidates. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

2008: The AMA Contributed $200,318 More To Democrats Than Republicans

In 2008, The AMA Contributed Nearly $700,000 To Republicans Running For Congress. The AMA donated $697,300 to Republican candidates for Congress during the 2008 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2008, The AMA Contributed Almost $900,000 To Democrats Running For Congress. During the 2008 campaign cycle, the AMA contributed $897,618 to Democratic candidates for Congress. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

Senate

In 2008, The AMA Gave More Than $90,000 To Republican Senatorial Candidates. The AMA donated a total of $92,350 to Republican candidates for Senate during the 2008 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2008, The AMA Donated Almost $60,000 To Democratic Senatorial Candidates.  During the 2008 campaign cycle, AMA donated $57,000 to Democratic Senatorial candidates. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

House of Representatives

In 2008, The AMA Gave Republican House Candidates $395,000 In Political Contributions. The AMA donated a total of $395,000 to Republican candidates for the House of Representatives during the 2008 campaign cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

In 2008, The AMA Donated More Than $700,000 To Democratic House Candidates. During the 2008 campaign cycle, the AMA donated $700,518 to Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/11/09]

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