NY hospital association lobbyist's personal political donations under scrutiny

The New York Times cast a critical light on David C. Rich, the in-house lobbyist for the Greater New York Hospital Association, for his high pay and large personal political contributions.

Over the past five years, Mr. Rich has given $900,000 to individual politicians whose policy positions happen to align with those of the hospital association, according to The New York Times. Mr. Rich also made $1.7 million in 2017, which is much higher than leaders at other industry associations, according to the report.

By contrast, GNYHA does not donate to individual politicians. The association has given more than $5 million to the Democratic and Republican parties since 2014, according to the report.

Seven candidates told The New York Times they thought Mr. Rich's donations were representative of the organization. Mr. Rich denied this to The New York Times in an email: "My personal contributions are mine alone and reflect my passion for, and participation in, the political process."

It is illegal to pay employees more with the agreement that they will donate to political campaigns.

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