Friday, July 01, 2005

DeLay and Drug Companies: Best Friends Forever

"It's not hard to put a dollar figure on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's importance to corporate America," write Bloomberg News' Michael Forsythe and Jonathan D. Salant. "For drug makers, his support is worth $13 billion; for petrochemical companies, it could be as much as $375 billion.

In recent years, DeLay (R-TX) has fought to protect energy companies from polution lawsuits, block FDA regulation of tobacco, and pass a Medicare overhaul that forbids the government from negotiating lower prescription drug prices with the drug companies.

Yeah, those are in line with the values of ordinary Americans. We want inflated drug prices, more pollution and higher rates of childhood tobacco addiction, don't we?

But hey, as long as those campaign contributions keep rolling in...

2 Comments:

  • Have you ever noticed how many Republicans, starting with President Bush, claim to be against Stem Cell Research because of the moral and ethical considerations? Have you noticed how they are fixed on 'embryonic' stem cell rather than admitting the successes of adult stem cells?



    Let me shed some light on why they have taken this position. In addition to Eli Lilly telling me that it would never support anything that would ever cure diabetes, and admitting that 20% of its 12 billion dollars in revenue in 2003 came from the sale of insulin (diabetes has been reversed in other countries), look at all of the campaign contributions made by the pharmaceuticals to our elected officials:





    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing:
    Top 20 Recipients

    Election cycle: 20042002200019981996199419921990

    List Top 20: All RecipientsPresidential CandidatesSenatorsMembers of the HouseSenate CandidatesHouse CandidatesAll Members of Congress

    Rank
    Candidate
    Office
    Amount

    1
    Bush, George W (R)
    Pres
    $499,549

    2
    Kerry, John (D)
    Pres
    $275,888

    3
    Burr, Richard (R-NC)
    Senate
    $196,148

    4
    Ferguson, Mike (R-NJ)
    House
    $180,899

    5
    Specter, Arlen (R-PA)
    Senate
    $120,700

    6
    Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)
    House
    $116,500

    7
    Gregg, Judd (R-NH)
    Senate
    $106,000

    8
    Dodd, Chris (D-CT)
    Senate
    $100,525

    9
    Bond, Christopher S 'Kit' (R-MO)
    Senate
    $83,503

    10
    Barton, Joe (R-TX)
    House
    $79,750

    11
    Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)
    Senate
    $78,000

    12
    DeLay, Tom (R-TX)
    House
    $76,999

    13
    John, Chris (D-LA)
    Senate
    $74,468

    14
    Lieberman, Joe (D-CT)
    Senate
    $73,000

    15
    Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
    Senate
    $72,022

    16
    Johnson, Nancy L (R-CT)
    House
    $71,250

    17
    Martinez, Mel (R-FL)
    Senate
    $69,050

    18
    Simmons, Rob (R-CT)
    House
    $67,436

    19
    Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
    Senate
    $66,099

    20
    Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ)
    House
    $64,602










    Notice how many Republicans are listed above?







    Send to Democratic Party!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:26 PM  

  • Meghan,

    If it weren't for fatcat drug companies, I wouldn't have my awesome 401(k)!


    peace ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 AM  

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