Sen. Lieberman's Friendly Relationship With The Health Care Industry

October 28, 2009 10:30 am ET

In light of the Independent Senator from Connecticut's revelation that he will try to block Democratic health care reform, Media Matters Action Network highlights Sen. Lieberman's past relationship with the private health care industry.

In 2005, Lieberman's Wife Worked For A Health Care Lobbying Firm Whose Clients Benefited From The Senator's Legislation

Mrs. Lieberman Held Senior Position In Health Care Lobbying Firm.  Salon reported that in March 2005, Hadassah Lieberman was hired by the lobbying firm Hill & Knowlton as a "'senior counselor' in the firm's 'health care and pharmaceuticals practice,'" and quit in early 2006 during Sen. Lieberman's campaign for re-election.  [Salon, 9/1/06]

Mrs. Lieberman's Firm's Clients Benefited From Legislation Introduced By Sen. Lieberman.  According to Salon: "Among Hill & Knowlton's clients when Mrs. Lieberman signed on with the firm last year was GlaxoSmithKline, the huge British-based drug company that makes vaccines along with many other drugs. As I noted in July, Sen. Lieberman introduced a bill in April 2005 (the month after his wife joined Hill & Knowlton) that would award billions of dollars in new 'incentives' to companies like GlaxoSmithKline to persuade them to make more new vaccines." [Salon, 9/1/06]

  • Sen. Lieberman Used The War On Terror As An "Ideological Backdrop" To Garner Support For Legislation That Had Nothing To Do With Terrorism.  According to Salon: "Under the legislation, known as Bioshield II, the cost to consumers and governments would be astronomical, but for Lieberman and his Republican cosponsors, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the results would be worth every penny. Using the war on terror as their ideological backdrop, the pharma-friendly senators sought to win patent extensions on products that have nothing to do with preparations against terrorist attack or natural disaster." [Salon, 9/1/06]

Lieberman Has Never Shied Away From Accepting Private Health Sector Dollars

2010: Sen. Lieberman Supported By Over $1 Million From The Health Care Sector.  During the 2010 campaign cycle when his seat is not on the ballot, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has accepted, on behalf of his campaign committee and Leadership PAC, at least $1,144,604 from health care related industries:

  • $469,644 from the Insurance Industry
  • $369,370 from Health Professionals
  • $305,590 from Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
    [, accessed 10/27/09]

2006: Sen. Lieberman Accepted More Than $2 Million From The Health Care Sector.  In 2006, the last year he was up for election, Sen. Lieberman (I-CT) received (on behalf of his campaign committee as well as his Leadership PAC) at least $2,026,017 from health care related industries:

  • $855,560 from Health Professionals
  • $731,667 from the Insurance Industry
  • $438,790 from Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
    [, accessed 10/27/09]

Sen. Lieberman Has Accepted Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Individual Health Care Companies.  According to, over the course of his career, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has accepted:

  • $150,100 from Purdue Pharma
  • $112,618 from Aetna Inc
  • $85,190 from Pfizer Inc
    [, accessed 10/27/09]