The healthcare quality commission announced last week by President Clinton includes several members who attended White House coffee klatches at which Democratic donors met with high-ranking Clinton administration officials and fund-raising staff of the Democratic National Committee.
Several other commission members have ties to groups that gave generously to the Democratic party last year.
Among the 31 of 34 commissioners named last week were:
Beverly Malone, president of the American Nurses Association, which gave nearly 90% of its $784,000 in political action committee donations to Democratic candidates.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, a professor of health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and board member of nursing home chain Beverly Enterprises. Fort Smith, Ark.-based Beverly gave nearly 85% of its $75,000 in political contributions to Democrats.
Gail Warden, president of Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit and past chairman of the board of the American Hospital Association, which gave more than $120,000 in donations to Democrats.
Robert Georgine, president of the building and construction trades department of the AFL-CIO, and Gerald McEntee, president of the Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees. Organized labor spent about $35 million in support of Democratic candidates during the election.
Marta Prado, senior vice president, InPhyNet Medical Management, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Prado is a nurse with ties to several nursing groups. According to the White House, she attended a White House coffee on Oct. 25, 1995, and donated $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee after the White House meeting. Prado denies attending a White House coffee.
Paul Montrone, president and CEO of Fisher Scientific International, Hampton Falls, N.H. Montrone also had coffee at the White House and donated about $14,000 to Democratic campaign groups.
Val Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care. Eric Sokol, assistant director of government affairs at the NAHC, was among those the White House said dropped by for a cup of coffee. The NAHC gave more than $68,000 to Democratic causes.
James Chao, president Metro Provider Service, Naperville, Ill. Chao gave more than $55,000 to a variety of Democratic candidates.