Do $$ influence votes? Maybe. Maybe not.
View all political contributions at http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/111-hr-3590/423082/contributions-by-vote
Senators voting ‘No’ on the Health Care Reform bill, just voted upon by the House, received an average of $595,820 in political contributions from anti-Obamacare Groups. Senators voting ‘Yes’ received an average of just $156,323 from pro support groups.
Republicans may have lost the health care reform bill vote but Republican senators raked in the cash over Democrats $3:1.
Some key senators voting ‘No’ got an incredible amount of money from groups against Obamacare: Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) $1,543,267; Bob Corker (R-TN) $1,358,939; John Cornyn (R-TX) $1,315,356; Jim DeMint (R-SC) $1,277,935.
The highest contribution received by any health care reform supporter was $632,550 by Arlen Spector (D-PA); and next was Max Baucus (D-MT) with $444,539, but average ‘Yes’ vote only got $156,323.
For something to be so publicly unpopular as the health care reform bill , it is very counterintuitive that it was much cheaper $$ to get a ‘Yes’ vote than a ‘No’ $$$$$$ vote.