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[Washington Babylon]

Tracking Obama Transition Donors: A family united


A post-election story last month from Bloomberg identified health insurer UnitedHealth Group as a likely winner under the Obama administration. The company would “get more customers, including some they now turn down, under Obama’s health-care plan,” the story said.

Meanwhile, Anthony Welters, an executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, gave $5,000 to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. So did his wife and two of his kids, who appear to be students. (The same quartet gave $18,400 to Obama’s presidential campaign.) Thelma Duggin of UnitedHealth tossed in another $5,000 to the transition.

Obama’s transition project refuses donations from corporations, labor unions, PACs and lobbyists. But it’s still probably worth keeping an eye on those individual donors.

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