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Some PACs Deserting DesJarlais

Political action committees connected to the health industry gave a combined $71,000 to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ successful re-election effort, according to the Chattanooga TFP. But at least six PACs that gave to DesJarlais’ 2012 campaign, including local insurance giants BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Unum, said they won’t give again in 2014.
“Anytime you support someone, you have an association with them,” BlueCross spokesman Roy Vaughn said. “That becomes difficult if their behavior is something that doesn’t reflect well on your organization.”
Another half-dozen PACs representing health professionals, hospitals, nursing homes and health insurance companies said they haven’t decided on DesJarlais. The remaining 15 that donated to the physician-turned-congressman did not respond to a Chattanooga Times Free Press inquiry.
DesJarlais said he plans to seek a third term in 2014.

BCBS Launches New Fed PAC

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has formed a political action committee to lobby the federal government, reports the Chattanooga TFP. The move comes with PACs in the health more than doubling their contributions to federal candidates in the last 10 years.
The Chattanooga-based organization already had a state PAC and contributed to BlueCross BlueShield’s national federal PAC, spokeswoman Mary Danielson said in an email.
The organization sent out a fundraising letter to about 2,500 of its 5,300 employees statewide earlier this month, asking for contributions to both its state TPAC and federal BluePac.
“As you are well aware, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are in a new political environment of opportunities and challenges for our company and industry,” the letter from CEO Vicky Gregg says. “Your support of our PAC is important in giving us an opportunity to help determine who will govern us and who will set the business climate in which we operate.”
The letter includes suggested monthly contribution levels for managers, directors and vice presidents. The suggested amounts range from $10 to $50 per month for the newly created BluePac and $10 to $75 per month for TPAC