Monday, August 06, 2012

The political dexterity of Matt Salmon on Obamacare


Former U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon, parlayed his personal relationships and knowledge of Congress into a career as a D.C. Lobbyist, after a failed bid for the governor's seat in 2002.

Some clients of his firm included two members of PhRMA, the big pharmaceutical alliance that spent $150 million promoting the passage of Obamacare. When Salmon formed his own firm, Upstream Consulting, these clients followed. According to public disclosure filings, Salmon's firms were paid $190,000 to help expand Obamacare to include drugs sold by his clients.

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