Kind tainted by special interest cash

The following except is from my Sunday column in the La Crosse Tribune: 

Rep. Ron Kind will probably never forget the earful he got from people on both sides of the health care debate. It was 2009 at a listening session in Whitehall, and the clock was ticking until the time the bill now known as Obamacare would become law.

A staunch defender then and now of the proposal, he even repeated President Barack Obama’s notorious promise that if you like your doctor and insurance, you can keep them. But unknown to those in that auditorium in Whitehall, Kind had 346,000 reasons to support the bill, and not a single one was in the room.

That’s how much money the congressman received during his 2008 and 2010 campaigns from the insurance, pharmaceutical and health care industries, according to and Federal Election Commission data. Since 2012, his most recent election, Kind has enjoyed gifts totaling $211,550.

Read the rest at the La Crosse Tribune website.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.