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Lamar Alexander: Obamacare Fundraising 'May Be Illegal'

May 12, 2013

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) suggested Saturday that Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have broken the law by seeking donations from health industry officials to help promote the implementation of President Obama's signature health care law, comparing Sebelius? actions to those in the Iran-Contra scandal.

"Secretary Sebelius?s fundraising for and coordinating with private entities helping to implement the new health care law may be illegal, should cease immediately and should be fully investigated by Congress," Alexander said in the statement. "Such private fundraising circumvents the constitutional requirement that only Congress may appropriate funds."

Alexander's criticism came on the heels of a Friday Washington Post report detailing Sebelius? appeals to insurance companies. The Post reported:

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