Members of the influential Campaign to Fix The Debtstruck a posture of post-partisan political neutrality this past week, as they swarmed Capitol Hill to persuade lawmakers to resolve the high-stakes standoff over a deficit reduction deal and avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."
"We don't advocate for any specific position on a policy level," said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, one of a group of chief executives on Fix The Debt's "Fiscal Leadership Council" who came to Washington to lobby Congress. Bertolini said debt negotiations should be driven by "higher principles" rather than politics, and "shouldn't be about who wins or loses."
Fix The Debt's leadership structure is also politically balanced: Democrat Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) serve as the group's co-chairs, and the two steering committee co-chairs are former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).
But the bipartisanship is only skin deep, according to campaign finance records and non-profit tax filings reviewed by The Huffington Post, which reveal that Fix The Debt's biggest backers and partners are Republicans and Republican-allied.
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