Message Sent – Message Received
On Tuesday Night Martha Coakley staffer Michael Meehan shoved Weekly Standard reporter John McCormackover a railing outside of Martha Coakley’s Washington DC health care lobbyist fundraiser.
Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, was sent by democratic officials to “assist the Coakley camp with messaging.”
His message was clear.
Here’s a photo of Meehan after reportedly shoving McCormack to the ground outside the lobbyist event.
The Boston Herald reported on the dust up outside the restaurant.
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But that’s not all…Michael Meehan, Weekly Standard assaliant, is a Senior Vice President of Virilion a democratic advertising agency. The company representsthe Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA member companies spent $44.5 billon in 2007 to discover and develop new medications. Big PhRMA also spent money on the democrat’s health care legislation.
There was a slew of lobbyists at Coakley’s fundraiser last night.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Of the 22 names on the host committee–meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley–17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there’s also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.
All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley’s host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.