Insurance agents' political contributions questioned

The bill's main sponsors, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech MORE (D-Ga.), received $16,000 and $12,500 respectively, according to Consumer Watchdog.

The three trade associations are the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America and the National Association of Health Underwriters. NAHU just recently hired the powerhouse firm Ernst and Young to lobby on its behalf, The Hill reported last week.

The bill received new impetus Wednesday when Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Education and Labor Committee's Health subcommittee, added his name to the growing list of 50 co-sponsors.