Three huge bills are bubbling on Capitol Hill right now: financial regulation, a new energy policy and health care reform. It's a historic confluence of issues that, as a consequence, has the Capitol swarming with lobbyists and awash with money.
Turning The Camera Around: Health Care Stakeholders
When 22 senators started working over the first health care overhaul bill on June 17, the news cameras were pointed at them -- except for NPR's photographer, who turned his lens on the lobbyists. Whatever bill emerges from Congress will affect one-sixth of the economy, and stakeholders have mobilized. We've begun to identify some of the faces in the hearing room, and we want to keep the process going. Know someone in these photos? Let us know who that someone is -- e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know via Twitter @DollarPolitics.
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In The Room At 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
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As senators took up the health care reform bill, NPR looked at who was watching them.
Other People In The Room
Holland & Knight
Firm's 2008 lobbying income from health care clients: $2.3 million
Guida Consulting Services
Firm's 2008 lobbying income from health care clients: $280,000
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Group's 2008 lobbying expenditures: $100,000