Blue Dogs Raking In Campaign Donations

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 8:42 PM CDT
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., center, is part of the Blue Dog coalition.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Blue Dog Democrats may be ticking off President Obama and party leaders with their opposition to health care overhaul, but the move is doing wonders for their campaign coffers, reports CQ Politics. The Blue Dog Political Action Committee has pulled in $1.1 million for the 2010 races, more than any other leadership PAC. About $300,000 of that is from health care interests.

The donations include $158,000 from doctors and provider groups and about $90,000 from drugmakers and the manufacturers of medical devices, writes Alan K. Ota. One prominent Blue Dog, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, predicts that more than half of the 52-member Blue Dog contingent will vote against health care legislation because members view it as fiscally irresponsible. "For me, it's not even close," he said.