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Primary looms for Dem health bill foe
|Last Edited||Jason Apr 19, 2011 06:03pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, April 20, 2011 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski dodged a bullet last year — his vote against the White House-sponsored health care bill came after he had already won his primary. |
But the Chicago-based congressman still might have to answer to his party for it. Democrat John Atkinson, a wealthy insurance executive and health care activist, has launched a campaign against Lipinski and zeroed in on his opposition to the legislation.
Atkinson is no ordinary primary challenger — he raised more than $535,000 during the first quarter, the top haul of any House Democratic challenger and more than four times as much as the four-term congressman raised during the same period. His recently released campaign finance report shows that he contributed $270,000 from his own pocket and that Atkinson received many contributions from the financial and health care industries.