Wednesday, May 11, 2005

How to Influence Congress

How does Big Pharma have so much influence over Congress?

How will they maintain that influence in the face of mounting pressures to explain why they have falsified and misrepresented ‘research’ results on the drugs that they peddle?

Maybe the following has something to do with it.

In last year’s election Big Pharma gave President Bush’s campaign $1,000,000-.
John Kerry received over $500,000-.
Around $17,000,000- was spent on candidates in the 2004 election in total.

Big Pharma has spent over $750,000,000- (yep, that's $750 million) in lobbying since 1998 (source USA Today April 26, 2005). I guess that might have influenced a member of Congress or two.

Big Pharma’s executive jets are regularly made available to fly members of Congress on their jaunts around the US. (how come that is legal?).

Wining and dining of members of Congress is a regular occurance.

It is not too hard to figure out that money talks... and Big Pharma talks loudly, and just possibly members of Congress have been listening greedily.


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