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Well, well, well. The Big Pharma lobbyists and health care special interests are digging deep into their pockets to help out flailing Mass. Democrat Senate candidate Martha Coakley.
With Democrat Martha Coakley in trouble in the Massachusetts special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat, Democrats could lose vote No. 60 for President Obama’s health-care bill. In response, an army of lobbyists for drug companies, health insurance companies, and hospitals has teamed up to throw a high-dollar Capitol Hill fundraiser for Coakley next Tuesday night. The invitation is at right (click here for a better view).
Of the 22 names on the host committee–meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley–17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there’s also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.
All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley’s host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.
Remember: Corporate shills for Hope and Change get a pass by the dinosaur media. They won’t spread the word. So be sure that you do.
Related Mass. Senate news…
– A reader e-mails:
I received this this morning from my Team Sarah friend in Mass. This is the 2nd report of truckloads of signs showing up at debates by Unions…the first one the signs showed up and only 1/2 dozen union guys did. Brown’s peeps were crowded and wrapped around the block!
“I was one of the many Brigadiers at the pre-debate rally at UMass and when I got there, I was pretty overwhelmed at the trailer truck of Martha signs and hundreds of union members holding them. While speaking with one of the union guys holding the Coakley sign, he admitted that his union was paying him $50 to stand and hold the sign. I was blown away, I always thought that these guys were out in the cold like us, doing what we thought was the right thing to do, not that they were actually being paid a fee to do it.
The best part was when he admitted that although he was there because he needed the money, he was voting for Scott!!”
*Update: Video here.*
– John McCormack covered last night’s debate.
– Boston talk radio host Michael Graham: “If Scott Brown wins, Harry Reid loses. What more do you need to know?”
Graham adds that going after Coakley’s links to the Mass. Democrat culture of corruption is a big plus:
One: Sal DiMasi was about as openly corrupt as a public official can get. The contracts he got involved in were in the papers. But it wasn’t Coakley who indicted him, it was the feds. In fact, Coakley hasn’t brought a single charge against any Beacon Hill pols in the latest round of arrests and resignations.
Two: Reminding voters Coakley is part of the Patrick team in Massachusetts (the governor’s approval rating is in the 30s) is very smart. The governor just raised sales taxes and tolls, and the most likely votes are angry over his policies.
– Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney spotlights desperate Dems trying to make Rush Limbaugh the issue.
– Byron York spotlights desperate Dems trying to make Sarah Palin the issue.
Anything but the real issues…
Yesterday afternoon, I noted Brown’s line about how the MA Senate seat belonged to the people, not Ted Kennedy. He used the line in his debate last night. It’s become a national leitmotif:
DSCC is now dumping $576,000 into the race. HotlineOnCall has the details of the new ad buy.
Update: Here comes $500,000 from the DNC.
Update: Dems in full panic…
In a sign of serious worry about the increasingly tense battle for Ted Kennedy’s seat, the Democratic National Committee and the Martha Coakley campaign have blasted a private memo to top national Dem donors claiming internal polling shows the race is “very tight” and making an “urgent” appeal for donations.
The memo, which was sent over by a source, is the latest sign that the campaign surge of GOPer Scott Brown has caught the Dem establishment off guard. It admits that the mobilization by big national conservative groups for Brown is “working” and acknowledges that the Dem camaign is “having trouble moving independents.”
“Our internal polling shows the race to be a very tight race that means we must do everything we can to ensure we are victorious,” reads the memo, which was written by Coakley’s finance chairman and sent to top donors late yesterday by the DNC.
Update: Hope for Change in new Rasmussen poll:
The Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has gotten tighter, but the general dynamics remain the same.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attracting 49% of the vote while her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, picks up 47%.
Three percent (3%) say they’ll vote for independent candidate Joe Kennedy, and two percent (2%) are undecided. The independent is no relation to the late Edward M. Kennedy, whose Senate seat the candidates are battling to fill in next Tuesday’s election.
Coakley is supported by 77% of Democrats while Brown picks up the vote from 88% of Republicans. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Brown leads 71% to 23%. To be clear, this lead is among unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the special election.
A week ago, the overall results showed Coakley leading by a 50% to 41% margin.