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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Money will be coming, no doubt

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln sent out an urgent plea for campaign cash today so she can continue the fight for health care for all Americans.

I suspect she'll get some cash. The question is where it will arise and what votes she takes as a consequence.

Lincoln, as we've noted often, is a favorite recipient of money from the health industry. As this compilation for the current Congress shows, she ranks 32d among 539 members of Congress and the president in campaign and PAC contributions from the health sector, with more than $1.9 million. Other Arkies: 94, Mike Ross with $921,000; 161, Marion Berry with $567,000; 170, Vic Snyder with $538,000; 194, Mark Pryor with $442,000, and 304, with a measly $267,000, John Boozman.

BLANCHE LINCOLN CAMPAIGN E-MAIL

Dear Max,

Do you think we can afford to "do nothing" about health care? I sure don't. But just last week, that's what one of my would-be opponents actually proposed.

That's what this election will be all about - choosing whether to find real solutions to the toughest problems or to sit back and do nothing.

Election Day 2010 seems far off, but you and I both know this campaign will be a long, tough fight. I have always said that I would run as hard as I can and that I simply cannot win without thousands of grassroots Arkansans like you in my corner.

Your contribution today proves to our opponents that we will fight every single day for what's right. We're only hours away from our quarterly fundraising deadline, and I need your help to show that our campaign is ready. Will you be one of the donors that helps reach the goal?

Click here to make a contribution of $5 or more and help us reach our goal before midnight tonight.

I've built a career fighting for those who need it most: kids, vets, seniors and families. I'm not about to back down now.

Soaring health care costs are hurting our economy. Working families and small business owners must have health care security in order for our economic recovery to be complete. We simply cannot afford to do nothing!

I know that a bipartisan effort is necessary to find a solution that offers access to quality and affordable health care coverage to every American. That's why I recently worked with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to introduce the Elder Justice Act to protect seniors from abuse.

But the national Republican Party bosses have calculated that the tough choices we face could spell political opportunity. They refuse to seek bipartisan solutions and try to block every tiny step of progress along the way.

That's not good enough for the 46 million Americans - including 66,000 Arkansas children - who do not have health insurance.

I will not let them down. To succeed, I need your help to make sure my re-election campaign is running stronger than ever. I can only win with the support of the people I fight for every day - people like you.

Click here to make a contribution of $5 or more and help us reach our goal before midnight tonight.

The forces of "do-nothing" politics are very, very strong. Working together is the only way we will overcome the obstructionists and solve the problems in this country.

I am always so grateful for your help, and I know I can count on you. Thank you for your continued support.

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