--Politico, October 9, 2013:
Sen. Susan Collins...is circulating a rough plan to reopen the government, repeal the medical device tax and provide agencies with greater flexibility in implementing the sequester. (Emphasis added.)--That's My Congress!, November 22, 2010:
Susan Collins isn't up for re-election again for another four years, but she's already swimming deep in lobbyist money. While most Americans will have to make do attending holiday parties with a few home-made cookies, Senator Collins is getting ready to party with some of Washington D.C.'s top lobbyists, who are providing her with big wads of cash as special gifts. It's going to be her birthday soon, after all.--Medtronic, Inc. PAC statement, January 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013:
Hosting the lobbyist party for Collins on December 7 is Senator Thad Cochran. He's joined by the following lobbyists who have given especially large amounts of money in order to gain the special attention of Senator Collins:
Michael Bopp, who was once once Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget, but now works as a lobbyist at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher for clients including General Electric, Goldman Sachs, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Roundtable.
Vicki Hart of Hart Health Strategies, who lobbies for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chemed, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Johnson and Johnson, and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, among others.
The list goes on. There are 22 lobbyists listed as hosts with special access to Susan Collins at her lobbyist birthday party. Other lobbyists and representatives of political action committees who aren’t listed at the level of hosts may also be in attendance. (Emphasis added.)
Susan Collins ME [$]1,500--OpenSecrets.org PACs, Senator Susan Collins 2009 - 2014:
Cardinal Health: $1,000Top 40 Medical Device Companies, MDDI, December 14, 2012
1. Johnson & Johnson
2. General Electric Co.
3. Siemens AG
4. Medtronic Inc.
5. Baxter International Inc.
6. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA
7. Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
8. Covidien plc
9. Novartis AG
10. Cardinal Health Inc.