Monday, April 26, 2010

Fifth District Race- #1628 - Tom Perriello: Vulnerable House Democrats See the Money after Voting for the Healthcare Bill - The Hill

Vulnerable House Democrats who supported the healthcare bill last month reaped big financial rewards. Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports show the crucial yes votes cashed in between March 21 and the end of the first quarter on March 31. They received big money from Democratic-leaning political action committees (PACs) and fellow Democratic members of Congress. Several of these members were last-minute yes votes, which helped push the legislation to passage..... While members flooded each other’s coffers in the final days of the first-quarter fundraising period, House leaders gave little to those who voted no on healthcare reform. In the final week-plus of the quarter, neither Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) nor Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) gave money to any member who voted no......Other yes votes who turned in big quarters included Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), who raised $75,000 of his $600,000 for the quarter after his healthcare vote, and Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), who raised more than $65,000 of her $505,000 for the quarter after the vote.   Read more.....  We knew this had to be happening, before, during and after the vote.....votes being traded and sold.... and surprise... Tom Perriello was given $75,000 after his vote.

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