According to Michael P. Schostok (managing partner of the Waukegan Illinois law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, PC) (http://library.findlaw.com/1998/Mar/1/130182.html)
"Another potential problem is that the Illinois State Medical Society has consistently been the number one campaign contributor to the DPR. There are those that feel that even though the DPR is headed in the right direction for protecting the public, big campaign dollars could make the DPR apologists for health care providers instead of disciplinarians."
Great point, Michael. How the heck does that happen?
Another interesting research issue would be to determine how many doctors donate to anti-medical malpractice political action committees (PACs). I know that the surgeon that started my eight years of multiple orthopedic surgeries has been sued multiple times and is also very active (through his time and money) in supporting medical tort reform.