This just in regarding the lobbying tab for America’s (the world’s?) largest for profit nursing home trade association…
From the Houston Chronicle
NEW YORK — The American Health Care Association spent about $1.7 million lobbying the government last year on a variety of bills affecting health care.
The AHCA, which represents nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, spent $860,000 in the first half of 2007 and $881,000 in the second half, according to a disclosure form posted Feb. 14 by the Senate’s public records office.
The organization also paid Patton Boggs LLP $160,000 in the second half to lobby the government.
The AHCA lobbied on a range of legislation including laws affecting Medicare and Medicaid.
Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995.