By Kevin Bogardus - 10/25/09 07:59 PM EDT
A vital player in the battle over healthcare reform raised the most campaign contributions for Senate Democrats so far this fall, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.
Ken Raske, president and CEO of the Greater New York Hospital Association, collected donations worth more than $152,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in September alone, according to the latest FEC reports.
After Raske, Al Cardenas of Miami-based law firm Tew Cardenas raised the most money among lobbyists this fall.
Cardenas, a former head of the Florida Republican Party, bundled more than $66,200 this fall for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), who is running for the Senate. Crist also collected more than $25,400 from Daniel Murphy of BG&R Group.
Under an ethics law Congress passed in 2007, politicians must report to the FEC lobbyists who have bundled money for their campaigns. A bundler is a person who collects political donations from others and then directs the funds to one candidate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: Court watchers await abortion ruling; Zika fight heads to Senate This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Hispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 MORE (D-Nev.) attracted the most money bundled by lobbyists in the third quarter.
Lobbyists including Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group, Paul DiNino of DiNino Associations, Linda Daschle, wife of ex-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), and the political action committee for law firm DLA Piper raised a total of $100,100 for Reid, according to FEC reports.
Reid is expected to face a tough re-election bid in 2010. Recent polls have show Reid trailing two Republicans hoping to unseat him.
Senior Democrat Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA This week: Senate showdown over gun control MORE (N.Y.) also found backing among lobbyists this past quarter, collecting $81,750 in bundled contributions. PACs for Delta Airlines and stock exchange NASDAQ OMX as well as Zachary Williams of Cauthen Forbes & Williams raised money for Schumer.
According to third quarter FEC reports, lobbyists and lobbyist-registered PACs also bundled checks for several other senators or Senate hopefuls. They raised $27,050 for Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowWaterways bill eyed as solution for Flint Clinton to headline fundraiser with Senate, House Democrats: report USDA extends comment period for 'certified organic' animal rule MORE (D-Mich.), $23,450 for Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Dems who sat out the sit-in offer array of reasons Senate honors Cleveland Cavs' NBA championship MORE (D-Calif.) and $16,348 for Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who is running for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Arlen Specter (D).