Objectives. This study sought to determine whether the political action committee of the American Medical Association (AMA) contributed more to pro- or anti-tobacco members of Congress in the 1995/96 campaign and whether representatives' voting records on malpractice reform could explain the AMA's contribution patterns. Methods. Campaign contributions to House members were analyzed. Results. The AMA's political action committee contributed averages of $5382 to pro-tobacco representatives and $2103 to anti-tobacco representatives (P < .0005). This contribution pattern can be fully explained by representatives' votes to limit malpractice awards. Conclusions. In seeking malpractice reform, the AMA contributed significantly more to pro- tobacco representatives, potentially undermining tobacco control legislation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health