Protection Money From Drug Companies

In this update: 1. Drug makers give generously to lawmakers mulling lawsuit-immunity bill 2. Two steps to protest unlimited recall election fundraising 3. From our little corner of the blogosphere Protection Money From Drug Companies

Email date: 11/3/11

In this update:
1. Drug makers give generously to lawmakers mulling lawsuit-immunity bill
2. Two steps to protest unlimited recall election fundraising
3. From our little corner of the blogosphere

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Drug makers give generously to lawmakers mulling lawsuit-immunity bill
With lawmakers considering legislation giving pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers immunity from lawsuits by people injured by one of their products, the Democracy Campaign today issued a report showing that statewide officeholders and legislators have accepted $192,000 in campaign contributions from drug makers the state has sued for Medicaid fraud, anti-trust violations, false advertising and paying kickbacks to doctors for using their drugs.

For audio commentary on our findings, check out our podcast.

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Two steps to protest unlimited recall election fundraising
If you’ve already signed the Democracy Campaign’s petition voicing opposition to unlimited recall election fundraising, thank you. If you have not yet done so, please take a minute right now to add your voice to the hundreds who’ve already joined us in calling for the loophole in state law that lifts campaign contribution limits for public officials targeted for recall to be closed.

After signing the petition, take the next step with us and contact your legislators to urge them to back Assembly Bill 296, the recently introduced legislation eliminating the quirk in state law that gives public officials a huge competitive advantage in recall elections.

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From our little corner of the blogosphere
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