Legal and Lobbying Costs at the Med

Recently we published a report on the monthly fees paid to Harold Ford Sr. for lobbying work done for the Med which started out a $10,000 per month and is currently at $7500 per month.

Then we requested in an open records request to the Med for information on all other legal and lobbying fees paid by the Med in 2009 and 2010 to date. Specifically we asked about State Senators Jim Kyle and Mark Norris and also any other lobbying firms. The letter from the new Med president and chief executive office, Dr. Reginald W. Coopwood, M.D. is in response to that request. We want to thank Dr. Coopwood for his prompt response and his willingness to open his records to the public. That bodes well for the Med in the future and for the preservation of this vital medical resource.

The Med uses two law firms, Adams and Reese and Domico Kyle, among others, to defend its interest in medical malpractice litigation. As indicated in the letter, the Med has paid about $1.16 million in all of 2009 and 2010 to date to Adams and Reese and $1.04 million to Domico Kyle for the same period. Also concerning lobbying, the Med has paid $667,106 to various state and federal lobbying firms in 2009 and 2010 to date. For state government affairs they have hired Impact Management (Arkansas), Capitol Resources (Mississippi) and Farris Mathews Branan Bobango Hellen and Dunlap (Tennessee). At the federal level, they have hired Bryan-Cave (formerly Powell Goldstein) and the Harold Ford Group.

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