Oops! Aetna discloses political donations
June 14th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Oops! Aetna discloses political donations

New York (CNNMoney) - Insurance giant Aetna inadvertently disclosed more than $7 million in donations to conservative political groups in a regulatory filing made earlier this year, according to a Washington-based advocacy group.

Documents obtained and distributed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show that Aetna made a $3 million donation to the American Action Network and a $4.05 million donation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2011.


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    I guess I'll have to file a claim againest them sence their so willing to throw away money !!!

    June 14, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Sounds like a boycott in the making to me. I'll be there's a lot of people out there who don't want the profits made on the business they bring to the company being used for partisan political purposes, especially if those profits are being spent to promote policies those customers believe are not in their best interest.

    June 14, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Angel

    Someone in the accounting department mucked up and is probably now looking for a job.

    June 14, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. SafeJourney

    Corporations are trying to buy this election. This is just what Justice Stevens warned the other judges about.

    June 14, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. California

    Just more proof liberal hacks such as this will literally do anything for Obama even wear the presidential knee pads.

    June 14, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. SafeJourney

    Justice Stevens' dissent in Citizens United case
    the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the COMMON SENSE of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense.

    June 14, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Home owner insurance went up when home values are down conservative group ripping off middle class accepting this money

    June 14, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    just makes me even more happy that I dropped them for UnitedHealthcare two years ago.

    June 14, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    The Farce of Citizens United is laid bare. This is just the tip of the iceberg
    American politics has $billions of ' dirty money" most going to Republican biased organisations. Meaning Ike warned us about the military industrial complex and Citizens United just widened it potentially to the whole of corporate America.
    The UK has a very simple but effective system corporations may donate a Maximum amount once only for political purposes in any one fiscal year to the National political committee of any party but thats it and the amount is very small. Forget PACS of any kind for any purpose for profit or not is irrelevant. Other charitable donations must be disclosed in the annual accounts and they must be registered charities which must have no political connections or activities otherwise thie charity status is withdrawn. Such donations must be approved in general shareholder meeting prior to being made. = charity and amount.
    The philosophy is, corporations are not in the business of politics or charity, but to make profit and serve shareholders and bondholders.
    One effective way is to add to that by making Political and charitable donations non tax deductible, along with advertisements opposing government legislation or in favor of legislation.

    June 14, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Myviewis

    Okay, I'm not seeing a lot of Democrats argue that the Obama campaign is against accepting monies from companies such as Aetna.

    June 14, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports Republicans.

    June 14, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Jules

    Guess Aetna will lose some business. They lost ours awhile ago.

    June 14, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Poster California, the group American Action Network is lead by Republican peeps.

    June 14, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Cha cha

    Soo not cool..

    June 14, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    Between Romney's money and Obama's money and free campaign trips, both will be ratcheting up the Super-PACs and secret advertizing surrogates. This election will be like the Cold War nuclear arms race.

    We will just have to wait to see who buys or steals the election.

    I will vote third party out of conscience and more people do this all the time. The Dem-Repub-Club is on notice, at least locally.

    June 14, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. judy

    and this is called buying an election . something the supreme court said would not happen and now look. Repos love this and the middle class pays the price Forward 2012

    June 14, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Insurance companies will certainly contribute more to the Republicans. These companies hate the thought of delivering a fair payment for medical services as required in the new healthcare law. It's just a never-ending list of fat-cats buying the Republican candidates most likely to sell-out their votes to the highest bidder.

    June 14, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Sarah

    This should all be out in the open anyway.

    June 14, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. enuff

    What is Aetna planning on getting out of it?

    June 14, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. tact

    Ouch California! Unfortunately the only thing involving knees is the level as to where your jaw dropped when evidence was brought forth as to how corruption is involved in our political system and the Christian saints that call themselves conservative are not beyond it. It's OK though. You have the option of dropping to your knees if not to pick up your jaw then to do whatever your dirty imagination can conjure up.

    June 14, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Squigman

    Corporate America, at it's best. Get ready mom and pop America, you're in for a very rude awakening.

    June 14, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, first I believe that some is going to be fired. The other fact is that it should surprise no one that a corporation tries to get their postion in front of a member of Congress. This is their means.

    June 14, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. The Funky Truth

    Corporate Welfare, coporations are people too, money$$$ is the new freedom of speech, increase profits who cares if you can't get insurance.

    June 15, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Thomas

    Don't use Aetna !

    Vote with your wallet .

    Romney needs to understand , such money and influence only breeds corruption .

    June 15, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |