Why is Jason Altmire Taking Coordinated Money from a Dallas Corporation?
Jason Altmire is a U.S. Representative in Congress. His job is to represent the people of the 4th district of Pennsylvania.
FEC data show that on October 23, 2009, Jason Altmire received a $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC. Tenet is a for-profit corporation based in Dallas, Texas.
On March 19 2010, Jason Altmire received another $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC of Dallas, Texas.
On June 21 2010, Jason Altmire received four checks from Tenet COO Stephen Newman, Tenet communications executive Jeff Eller, Tenet lobbyist Daniel Waldmann, and Tenet Senior Director of Government Relations Teresa Huskey. Stephen Newman lives in Dallas, Texas. Daniel Waldmann lives in Dallas, Texas. To be upfront, neither Teresa Huskey nor Jeff Eller lives in Dallas, Texas. Eller lives in Austin and Huskey lives in Fort Worth.
On June 30 2010, Jason Altmire received yet another check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC of Dallas, Texas.
Also on June 30 2010, Jason Altmire received still another check, this time from one Melissa Fetter of Dallas, Texas. Do you think that Ms. Fetter had caught news of the fine works of Jason Altmire as it spread on the wind? Probably not. It turns out that Melissa Fetter used to work for Tenet Healthcare and is married to Trevor Fetter, the President and CEO of Tenet Healthcare.
Why is a health care corporation from Dallas, Texas sending checks to a representative of the 4th District of Pennsylvania? You might think that perhaps the Tenet Healthcare Corporation does some business in Altmire’s district. But that’s not true. Tenet Healthcare, which has endured a number of ethics scandals in the past, runs two hospitals in the Philadelphia area, but Altmire doesn’t represent the Philadelphia area. Altmire is elected from District 4, which starts in Pittsburgh (across the state from Philadelphia) and heads westward from there. Tenet Healthcare does no business in or near the 4th District.
But did you know that before he was elected to Congress, Jason Altmire spent a number of years as a paid lobbyist for the Federation of American Hospitals? It’s true. It’s also true that the Federation of American Hospitals PAC, which is so fond of Jason Altmire that it’s sent him four of its own checks over the past year, counts Tenet Healthcare as one of its corporate members. Did you know that Trevor Fetter is Chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals? It’s a small world.
Did you know that Jason Altmire sits on the Subcommittee on Regulations and Health Care of the House Small Business Committee?
Did you know that the Federation of American Hospitals testified before Congress against Democrats’ plans for health care reform in 2009 on the basis of “cost containment”?
Did you know that Tenet Healthcare has issued its own declarations that the health care reform bill may reduce its profits because of problems with cost containment?
Did you know that right in the middle of receiving all these checks from Tenet Healthcare Corporation and the Federation of American Hospitals, Jason Altmire declared that he would vote against the health care reform bill because “you just can’t leave out cost containment”?