Monday, July 30, 2007

JUST Follow the Money......This is our Secretary of DHHS

Of course, let's really take a look at the SEC of DHHS record of CONNECTIONS & Contributions

Mike Leavitt was Utah’s governor for 11 years until 2003, when he joined the Bush administration as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Leavitt took over the Department of Health and Human Services from departing Secretary Tommy Thompson. The department has more than 67,000 employees and a 2005 budget of $580 billion. Prior to entering public service, Leavitt headed the Leavitt Group, a regional insurance provider in Utah. Leavitt took over an agency that critics of the Bush administration charged was too sympathetic to the agenda of corporations and special interests. One of his biggest jobs was to implement President Bush’s controversial prescription drug card program, which took effect in 2006. Leavitt raised $1.9 million in his final campaign for governor in 2000, about $1.1 million more than any other gubernatorial candidate during that election cycle, according to the Institute on Money in State Politics. Candidate and party committees provided about $1.2 million of Leavitt’s campaign contributions. The television and movie industry was Leavitt’s next highest contributor, having given about $50,000. The state is home to the popular Sundance Film Festival.

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