By Tom Curry National affairs writer
msnbc.com
updated 9/3/2009 11:25:45 AM ET 2009-09-03T15:25:45

Claim: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gets health insurance money, making him less motivated to support reform.
At a recent McCain town hall meeting in Arizona one audience member seemed to imply that insurance industry contributions undercut McCain’s ability to support an overhaul of the health insurance system. A corporation can’t directly contribute to candidates from their treasury, but can set up a political action committee (PAC) using employees’ voluntary contributions to give to candidates.

Is it fact or fiction?
Unclear. If McCain's accuser meant that he was taking contributions for his own use, there's no evidence of it. Up for re-election next year, McCain has so far gotten $5,000 in health insurance PAC money for his campaign treasury. Other members of Congress up for re-election have gotten more from the insurance sector than McCain has; he's not in the top 20 recipients of insurance industry sector money, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

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