Rep. John Kline received less money from the health-care industry in recent years than any other representative or senator initially invited to President Obama’s upcoming bipartisan health-care summit, according to an analysis released today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Kline took in “at least $197,250,” according to CREW’s study of contributions from health professionals, industry groups and health-related corporations. Topping the list was Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, who pulled in more than $2.5 million.
A quick glance at the data suggests Kline’s relatively low haul may have something to do with his spot on the House Education and Labor Committee — Chairman George Miller was second-lowest on the list with $222,784. No other listed member (all of whom are in leadership roles either in their caucus or on a committee that oversees some aspect of health reform) took in less than $700,000. It’s also worth noting that Kline is a relatively junior member when compared to others on that list — he’s just in his fifth term in Congress, and he’s only been in the top GOP spot on Education and Labor since June 24, 2009.
The summit takes place Thursday at Blair House. Kline has said he will attend.