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See which medical device companies lobbied the most in 2014

Lobbyists for the medical device makers handed out nearly $33 million in 2014 to politicians supporting bills to repeal the medical device tax.

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Medical device makers aren’t sitting quietly as Congressional lawmakers debate the medical device tax. In fact, some are spending millions lobbying representatives in hopes the tax will eventually be struck down.

According to a late-January report by the Center for Responsive Politics, lobbyists for the medical device makers handed out nearly $33 million in the form of campaign contributions and donations to support groups, the highest amount lobbied by the group since 1998.

Device maker Medtronic led the year, spending more than $5 million on lobbying efforts.

Part of the Affordable Care Act, the medical device tax placed a 2.3 percent levy on the sale of any medical devices, which the manufacturer or the importer must pay to the Internal Revenue Service. Supporters say the tax helps pay for reforms, while opponents say the tax will tighten cash flow for device makers, hurting their abilities to innovate.

According to the Center, much of the lobbying has been in the form of campaign donations for politicians who have backed various bills to repeal the tax. Those include Democrats as well as Republicans, who are most outspoken about killing the tax.

All of Medtronic’s top donors were Minnesota politicians, including Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

Here’s the list of companies in the medical device lobby, along with the amount each spent in 2014:

Client Affiliate Total
Client Affiliate Total
Abiomed Inc - $80,000
Academy of Radiology Research - $140,000
Accuray Inc - $170,000
AdvaMed - $2,360,000
Alere Inc - $889,000
Alliance Surgical Distributors - $30,000
American Neuromonitoring Assn - $200,000
American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assn - $200,000
Arrow International - $10,000
Arteriocyte Inc - $70,000
Baxter International Baxter Healthcare $2,820,000
Baxter International - $190,000
Becton, Dickinson & Co - $1,040,000
Biomet Inc - $60,000
Bone Growth Stimulator Coalition - $90,000
Boston Scientific Corp - $1,740,489
Breathe Technologies - $180,000
CCS Medical - $196,444
CliniComp International - $180,000
Cochlear Corp - $140,000
Cook Group - $1,140,000
Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals - $212,531
CR Bard Inc - $120,000
Cure Care - $380,000
CyberKnife Coalition - $105,000
Cyberonics Inc - $80,000
Derma Sciences - $180,000
DeRoyal Industries - $51,000
Direct Supply Inc - $90,000
Djo Inc - $200,000
Edwards Lifesciences - $890,000
Ekso Bionics - $120,000
Elekta Instruments - $1,345,000
FujiFilm Sonosite Inc $100,000
Globus Medical - $10,000
Gordian Medical Inc - $130,000
Health Industry Distributors Assn - $155,000
Healthcare Nutrition Council - $60,000
Hearing Industries Assn - $40,000
Heartware Inc - $110,000
Hill-Rom Holdings Hill-Rom Co $195,000
Hill-Rom Holdings - $360,000
Hollister Inc - $200,000
Hologic Inc - $240,000
Institut Merieux BioFire Defense $120,000
Institut Merieux BioFire Diagnostics $30,000
Intl Assn Med Equip Remark & Servicers - $40,000
Intl Contrast Ultrasound Society - $150,000
Intuitive Surgical - $265,000
Invacare Corp - $573,790
iWalk Inc - $170,000
Johnson & Johnson McNeil Consumer Healthcare $60,000
Kinetic Concepts Lifecell Corp $150,000
Masimo Corp - $80,000
Med-Care Diabetic & Medical Supplies - $390,000
Medical Device Competitiveness Coalition - $320,000
Medical Device Manufacturers Assn - $520,000
Medical Information Working Group - $420,000
Medtronic Inc - $5,310,000
Merit Medical Systems - $70,000
Mobilex USA - $160,000
National Disease Research Interchange - $120,000
Natl Coalition For Assistive/Rehab Tech - $162,000
Ohio Willow Wood - $40,000
Omeros Corp - $120,000
Orasure Technologies - $40,000
Orthocare Innovations - $60,000
Philips Electronics Philips Healthcare $220,000
PillGuard Medication Delivery Systems - $150,000
Pride Mobility Products - $240,000
sBioMed - $20,000
Semprus BioSciences - $60,000
Smith & Nephew - $1,740,000
Soluble Systems - $30,000
St Jude Medical - $635,000
Steris Corp - $490,000
Stryker Corp - $180,000
Temp Time Inc - $120,000
Trident USA Health Services - $90,000
Varian Medical Systems - $710,000
Vertos Medical - $8,000
VGM Group - $120,000
Viatronix Inc - $132,500
VJ Technologies - $70,000
Welch Allyn Inc - $327,084
Z-Medica - $70,000
Zimmer Holdings - $130,000
Zimmer Inc - $583,405

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

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