SB277 passed. And some political campaigns got richer and more powerful in the mean time. But let’s start with the spin factory. (this disgust me)
(via sacbee) “We aren’t pushing this bill behind the scenes,” said Priscilla VanderVeer, the senior director for communications for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, the industry’s main trade group. The group has no taken no position on SB 277, although the group has long backed vaccinations as sound public health policy, she said.
This statement from VanderVeer is absolutely absurd and panders to the lowest denominations of our society’s intelligence. Who would believe this stuff? This can’t be real life.
Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, himself nabbed $95,000 during the 2013-14 year. That’s a serious amount of cash from Pharmaceutical companies who just don’t seem to care about mandatory vaccinations, no? I wonder what policies he supports which they enjoy? It couldn’t be a more transparent situation.
The overall spend from Big Phama was $3 million to lobby legislature, the governor and the state pharmacists’ board. Again, a lot of cash for a group that isn’t “pushing the bill behind the scenes.”
State records show that pharmaceutical companies and trade groups donated more than $2 million to current lawmakers in 2013-2014.
Courtesy of the Sac Bee, this is a total joke. I hope everyone who supported this bill understands what these numbers mean. And when Big Pharma comes calling for more mandatory drugs, like forced SSRI treatment to depressed kids, please understand where it all started.
|Pharmaceutical company or group||Campaign donations to current state legislators||Direct lobbying payments|
|Johnson & Johnson Inc.||$86,300||$583,926|
|Eli Lilly & Company||$193,100||$280,863|
|Gilead Sciences Inc.||$77,600||$196,732|
|Astellas Pharma US Inc.||$47,900||$161,440|
|AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LLP||$157,300||$49,583|
|Merck & Co. Inc.||$91,600||$108,204|
|California Pharmacists Association||$53,389||$134,176|
|Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers Assn.||$137,950||$45,455|
|Bristol-Myers Squibb Company||$32,300||$144,101|
|Allergan USA Inc.||$120,100||$22,757|
|Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.||$40,000||$83,348|
|Pharmacy Professionals of California||$32,000||$0|
TOP DRUG MAKER RECIPIENTS
|Sen. Richard Pan*||D-Sacramento||$95,150|
|Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins||D-San Diego||$90,250|
|Sen. Ed Hernandez*||D-Azusa||$67,750|
|Sen. Holly Mitchell*||D-Los Angeles||$60,107|
|Assemblyman Brian Maienschein*||R-San Diego||$59,879|
|Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León||D-Los Angeles||$56,648|
|Sen. Isadore Hall||D-Compton||$52,400|
|Sen. Jerry Hill||D-San Mateo||$50,209|
|Assemblyman Henry Perea||D-Fresno||$49,550|
|Assemblywoman Shirley Weber||D-San Diego||$47,000|
|Assemblyman Mike Gatto||D-Los Angeles||$46,491|
|Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla*||D-Concord||$45,600|
|Sen. Andy Vidak||R-Hanford||$42,800|
|Assemblyman Tom Daly||D-Anaheim||$40,300|
|Assemblyman Kevin Mullin||D-South San Francisco||$38,400|
|Assemblyman Adam Gray||D-Merced||$37,000|
|Assemblyman Rob Bonta*||D-Alameda||$36,750|
|Assemblyman Anthony Rendon||D-Lakewood||$36,200|
|Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez*||D-Los Angeles||$33,850|
|Assemblyman Richard Gordon||D-Menlo Park||$33,100|
*Member of the Assembly or Senate health committees
Source: Bee analysis of secretary of state campaign finance and lobbying reports
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