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Insurance Company Money A Major Force In Congress

Reported: Mar. 19, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 4:31 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Kai Jackson) -- As the number of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act has grown, some say examples of problems with the website and the system have also increased.

Political campaigns, especially at the federal level are costly. Proof of that is the number of companies looking to lobby, the amount of money they donate and the number of politicians who receive it.

The Center for Responsive Politics has released the names of members of Congress who received contributions from the insurance industry.

For the 2013-2014 election cycle, the top 20 members alone received more than $3 million combined. Of the top 20, 16 were Republicans and four were Democrats.

Critics charge it's a lot of money that buys influence.

Yet there are Republicans who accuse Democrats of criticizing the insurance industry publicly to support Obamacare, while, at the same time, accepting campaign contributions from the industry.

Experts said, regardless of political party, the most important thing where campaign contributions are concerned is that information being is disclosed to the public.

For a list of members of Congress who received donations from insurance companies and the amount head to www.opensecrets.org.



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