How hospitals, coal made Santorum a millionaire (Update)

Director fees from Universal Health, lobbying fees from coal operator Consol Energy and law pay from Eckerd Seamans helped ex-Sen. Rick Santorum turn his Washington connections into millions in personal income, Bloomberg reports here.

As I've previously reported, Santorum collected fat board payments fom Universal, the King of Prussia mental-health and community hospital chain which makes most of its money from taxpayers via Medicare and Medicaid, even as he claims to oppose more taxpayer subsidies for healthcare. My colleague David Sell reviews Santorum's apparent contradictions here.

And for those of my respected PA Republican readers who've contacted me about your concerns "the media" only bashes GOP candidates who cash in on their political connections, here's a summary I wrote a little while back on Democrat Ed Rendell's lucrative private sector moves.

Or, going further back, this piece on turncoat former US Sen. Arlen Specter and his fortuitous stock market moves. Also these items on Delaware's Bidens, for example, here, here, here.

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