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In my Beyond Chron column published earlier today, I reported that the National Football League gave the CDC Foundation $150,000 for the “Heads Up” program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NFL is the only private donor in the history of the program, which CDC had been self-funding at around $200,000 a year.

I raise the question of whether this information fatally compromises the CDC plan to empanel experts and design national school sports concussion guidelines, at the prodding of New Jersey’s Senator Robert Menendez and Representative Bill Pascrell.

I posed the question directly to Senator Menendez and Congressman Pascrell’s offices. Here are their responses:



I am pleased to note, however, that at least neither Menendez nor Pascrell has made the lists of recipients of campaign contributions from the NFL’s political action committee, the Gridiron PAC. (As always, a tip of the hat here to public records assembled under one roof by the Center for Responsive Politics,

Here’s the list of federal legislative beneficiaries of NFL largesse during the 2012 campaign reporting cycle:



Ayotte, Kelly A (R-NH) $5,000
Begich, Mark (D-AK) $5,000
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) $1,000
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $5,000
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) $2,500
Casey, Bob (D-PA) $5,000
Corker, Bob (R-TN) $5,000
Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT) $5,000
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) $5,000
Lee, Mike (R-UT) $5,000
Manchin, Joe (D-WV) $5,000
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO) $10,000
Nelson, Ben (D-NE) $5,000
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) $5,000
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) $5,000
Snowe, Olympia J (R-ME) $5,000
Tester, Jon (D-MT) $5,000
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI) $5,000
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $5,000



Becerra, Xavier (D-CA) $1,000
Bono Mack, Mary (R-CA) $5,000
Brown, Corrine (D-FL) $1,000
Carson, Andre (D-IN) $1,000
Chabot, Steve (R-OH) $5,000
Clay, William L Jr (D-MO) $1,000
Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO) $1,000
Coble, Howard (R-NC) $1,000
Cooper, Jim (D-TN) $1,000
Cummings, Elijah E (3-MD) $2,000
Davis, Danny K (D-IL) $1,000
Doyle, Mike (D-PA) $1,000
Fudge, Marcia L (D-OH) $1,000
Gingrey, Phil (R-GA) $1,000
Gonzalez, Charlie A (D-TX) $1,000
Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) $5,000
Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $5,000
Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) $1,500
Kline, John (R-MN) $5,000
Lewis, John (D-GA) $1,000
Matsui, Doris O (D-CA) $1,000
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $5,000
Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) $1,000
Pitts, Joe (R-PA) $1,000
Quigley, Mike (D-IL) $1,000
Richmond, Cedric L (D-LA) $1,000
Rooney, Tom (R-FL) $5,000
Runyan, Jon (R-NJ) $3,000
Schiff, Adam (D-CA) $1,000
Schultz, Debbie Wasserman (D-FL) $5,000
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) $1,500
Smith, Lamar (R-TX) $5,000
Stearns, Cliff (R-FL) $1,000
Towns, Edolphus (D-NY) $1,000
Watt, Melvin L (D-NC) $1,000


Irv Muchnick

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