Did the GOP tidal wave reach into AMA lead­er­ship?

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How far did the Repub­li­can Party’s elec­tion night sweep ex­tend? Maybe into the lead­er­ship of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Two days af­ter the GOP re­took con­trol of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and took a deep cut into the Democrats’ Se­nate ma­jor­ity, the AMA an­nounced that its board and its ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO, Michael Maves, “mu­tu­ally de­cided” that Maves will leave his post when his con­tract ex­pires June 30, 2011.

A search of the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s web­site re­veals that Maves con­trib­uted $1,000 to Barack Obama’s cam­paign in 2008; $2,000 to Al Gore in 1998; and vary­ing amounts to Demo­cratic Sens. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, Dick Durbin, Tom Harkin and Tim John­son.

But that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily put him at po­lit­i­cal odds with AMA lead­er­ship. Ac­cord­ing to the FEC, AMA Pres­i­dent-elect Peter Carmel gave Obama five con­tri­bu­tions to­tal­ing $2,000; and $500 and $250 re­spec­tively to the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns of Dems John Kerry and Bill Richardson. Cur­rent AMA Pres­i­dent Ce­cil Wil­son has stayed away from pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics but has con­trib­uted to sev­eral GOP can­di­dates, in­clud­ing the Se­nate cam­paigns of Bill McCol­lum and the House cam­paigns of Thomas Price, Wil­liam Sublette and David Wel­don.

The im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent, J. James Ro­hack, who has faced the brunt of the crit­i­cism the AMA re­ceived for back­ing the Democrats’ health­care re­form leg­is­la­tion, gave $350 to Ge­orge W. Bush in 2003, and vary­ing amounts to sev­eral GOP can­di­dates in­clud­ing Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bai­ley Hutchi­son, and Reps. Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Chet Ed­wards, Charles Gon­za­lez and Thomas Price.

Con­tri­bu­tions from AMA lead­ers have been to can­di­dates rang­ing from Obama to Ge­or­gia GOP Rep. Thomas Price, bot­tom.

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