Monday, August 20, 2012

Matt Salmon Lobbied for Obamacare

Obamacare and Matt Salmon Fact Check & Timeline

March 2009 Matt Salmon joins Policy Impact Communications as Executive Vice President and as a Member of the Board of Directors

June 2009 Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals signed a new lobbying contract with Policy Impact Communications. Matt Salmon was named one of the four lobbyists on the contract. PIC was paid $10K a month to lobby on health care reform, importation and Medicare issues.

June 22, 2009 The clients Matt Salmon represented are part of Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), which struck a deal with President Obama and the Whitehouse.
July 14, 2009 The first round of Obamacare is introduced in the form of H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009.
August 8, 2009 PhRMA teams with several interests group, including the SEIU (the union that called for the boycott of Arizona for SB1070), to spend $150 M to air commercials to air in swing states.
July - August 2009 Matt Salmon starts to lobby on H.R. 3200 (Obamacare), President Obama's top legislative priority, after Matt's clients have endorsed it.
July - September 2009 The National Debate Raged On regarding Obamacare throughout late summer
  • Governor Sarah Palin provides her thoughts on parts of the bill that was covered by According to Governor Palin, "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." The article then goes on to say, "The 'death panel' she conjures is a reference to the Advance Care Planning Consultation section on page 425 of the H.R. 3200, Democratic House bill , according to Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton."
  • Obamacare, HR 3200, "The Affordable Healthcare Choices Act of 2009, has created a firestorm in the last few weeks... finally passing through committee last Friday, with a lot of compromises and a lot pleading from committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What the controversy is all about is that Fiscal and Conservative Republicans don't want the bill because anymore government spending and taxation would reak more havoc on the economy putting America further into debt. On the other end of the spectrum, Liberal Democrats want the bill to go further than it does right now and provide that 'single-payer' system they have been dreaming about."

Through March 2010 Matt Salmon's listed lobbying activities remain unchanged through Q4 2009 and Q1 2010. In sum, from June of 2009 through March of 2010, Policy Impact was paid $190,000 to lobby on Obamacare.

June 2010 Matt Salmon continued to represent both companies as they signed contracts with his new firm, Upstream Consulting.

Research shows H.R. 3200 was one of the most heavily lobbied bills with over 3,000 lobbyist representing 964 organizations lobbying on it. the-same-bills

2011 Matt Salmon's 2012 congressional campaign received a $1,000 donation from Michael Eging, an executive at Millenniun: Takeda Oncology.
Lobbying Disclosure Statements (pdf):
Paid for by Kirk Adams for Congress

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