Martha Coakley's late donors include even more health-care lobbyists, PACs

I pointed out earlier this week how Martha Coakley's last-minute Capitol Hill fundraiser for her faltering Senate bid was sponsored by Boston Scientific PAC and more than a dozen lobbyists, including representatives of America's Health Insurance Plans, the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and all the biggest drug companies and health insurers. I also noted that the president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, former Rep. Jim Greenwood, R-Pa., was in attendance, presumably after forking over at least $1,000.

Today I've perused the reports of some late donors to Coakley. The names below are donors who gave on Monday, the 11th. A few of the names below, especially the DC lobbyists who paid $1,000, might have been for the Tuesday night Sonoma wine bar fundraiser.


  • Lobbyist Katherine Boyce of Patton Boggs $1,000
  • Former lobbyist Elizabeth Burnett of Mintz Levin $1,900
  • Goldman Sachs banker James Healy Donovan & wife, $4,800
  • Lobbyist James Fabiani, CEO of the top-shelf firm Cassidy & Associates, $1,000. Fabiani's clients include Bayer, Cempra Pharmaceuticals, Hydro Green Energy, Planet Biotechnology, PointCare Technologies, and a handful of other medical companies. 
  • Lobbyist Jeff Forbes, Cauthen Forbes & Williams, $1,000. Clients include the Advanced Medical Technology Association, Altria, Amazon, Amgen, Comcast, Delta, Hewlett Packard, Merck, Motorola, PhRMA, United Health.
  • Pharmaceutical executive Sylvie Gregorie, $2,400.
  • Facebook's chief privacy officer Chris Kelly, $2,400.
  • A PAC called MPAC, $5,000. MPAC is apparently funded most by lobbyists and corporate PACs like Amgen, Boeing, Raytheon, and GE. The PAC appears to be headquartered at the law firm Perkins Coie.
  • Two $2,400 donations from a big law firm called McCarter & English. Again, according to the campaign's FEC filing, the checks are not from a PAC or from employees, but from the firm, which, it would seem to me, is illegal.
  • Beacon Health Strategies CEO Elizabeth Pattullo, $2,400
  • Lobbyist Patricia Rissler, $1,000, whose clients include AFLAC and CareSource.
  • United Steel Workers PAC, $5,000.
  • Lobbyist Zachary Williams at Cauthen Forbes, whose clients include Advanced Medical Technology Association, Altria, Amazon, Amgen, Comcast, Delta, Hewlett Packard, Merck, Motorola, PhRMA, United Health.

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