Open Secrets dot Org 1998-2012
|US Chamber of Commerce||$941,835,680|
|American Medical Assn||$281,282,500|
|American Hospital Assn||$235,149,136|
|Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America||$232,583,920|
|National Assn of Realtors||$219,817,423|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$202,740,052|
A person had made a comment on the web that AMA did a lot of lobbying.
He was correct. The AMA is the third largest lobbying group in the US
- Time Magazine article on cost of health care Feb 2013'
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the pharmaceutical and health-care-product industries, combined with organizations representing doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, health services and HMOs, have spent $5.36 billion since 1998 on lobbying in Washington.
That dwarfs the $1.53 billion spent by the defense and aerospace industries over the same period.