Et tu, Sen. Kirk?
The American Medical Association must be wondering: Where’s the love, Sen. Mark Kirk, where’s the love?
Kirk is an Illinois Republican who most recently received $5,000 from the AMA’s political action committee, AMPAC, in the 2010 race in which the U.S. representative won the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. But Kirk has been a regular beneficiary of AMPAC donations, collecting a total of $37,500 since 2000 for his House and Senate campaigns, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.
But in what Outliers can only applaud as a sign that money doesn’t influence politics, the AMA came in for some harsh words from the senator.
Speaking at an American College of Surgeons program in Chicago, Kirk was asked what the ACS can do to get its points across in Washington. Kirk replied that one thing it could do is exert whatever it influence it has on the AMA, which he said had become “an utterly politically correct organization that swings with the political winds. And patient care should not swing with the political winds. Patient care is patient care.”
Outliers notes that AMPAC reportedly had an 88% success rate last year with a 319-36 record in the political races it invested in during the 2010 elections.
No word on what percentage of those candidates are now trashing the AMA.