Baker's Health Care Ties Reap Campaign Cash

An analysis in Sunday's Boston Globe reveals that GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is making the most of his deep roots in the health care industry: in a 7-month period, Baker's campaign has received more than $122,000 from contributors with direct ties to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, where he formerly served as chief executive officer.

The Globe analysis of Baker's health care-related campaign contributions also found:

This includes not only $43,000 in contributions from Harvard Pilgrim’s employees, directors, and affiliated companies, but also a broad array of vendors: its accountants, auditing firm, advertising agency, information technology providers, and consultants.

In total, Baker has raised at least $263,000 from employees of health-care providers, other insurers, and related businesses in the health-care sector. That’s about 10 percent of the $2.57 million he has raised overall.

This program aired on February 8, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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