March 4th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Health sector donations to the political parties

(CNN) - Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, went on the offense while speaking with CNN's Rick Sanchez.

Telling Sanchez to "write this down," Weiner said Republicans do not want the health care overhaul to succeed, in part because "the health care industry is one of their biggest benefactors."

Pressed by Sanchez, Weiner allowed that Democrats also receive money from the health industry but held strong to his initial assertion. CNN Fact Check Desk wondered: Where does the money go?

Fact Check: Which party has received more money from the health care sector?

–According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics, the health industry has given more to Democrats during the 2010 election cycle than to Republicans. The GOP has received $20,828,232, while Democrats have been given $29,087,790.

–The same was true for the 2008, 1992 and 1990 election cycles. In 2008, Democrats received about $14 million more than Republicans. In '90 and '92 Democrats got about $1 million more.

–But looking at the 20-year period from 1990-2010, Republicans received more from the health sector - over $100 million more in donations than Democrats.

Bottom Line:
While Weiner's claim is true when examining the past two decades, during the 2010, 2008, 1992 and 1990 election cycles Democrats received more in donations from the health sector than Republicans.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Stallion

    Weiner? That's too obvious.....I won't even go there. Lol. are full of it.....get your facts straight.....and you are should go get your head examined if you are dumb enough to think anybody believes you.

    March 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Richie in Mass

    They all take the money. Weiner's claims are lies. I expect nothing but a lie from him. Not because he has a (D) next to his name but because he works in DC. He doesn't care about me or my family nor do the others. The majority of politicians take huge pay cuts to serve. Why? Power , kickbacks and perks. Washington is broken. Senators and Congressman weren't designed as full time jobs by our founding fathers. From the day they are elected they are campaigning for the next election.

    Bipartisan means nothing. Niether side will work together. They both try to make the other side look bad to make themselves look better. If they did their job they could look better but that requires they actually take a stand in what they believe in, not their party and that leads to campaigning. It's a cycle that repeats itself and grows.

    March 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Phillip


    Can't wait for the liberal apologists start spinning and deflecting criticism in 3...2...1....

    March 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |