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JL
- 685 days ago - action.usaction.org
Pharmaceutical giant Amgen poured thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and leveraged 74 Washington, D.C. lobbyists to extract a $500 million giveaway from Medicare in the so-called "fiscal cliff" deal.



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JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:27 pm
As Congress came to a last minute deal over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” every penny of spending was on the chopping block — including benefit cuts to Medicare and Social Security. And all in the name of supposed “deficit reduction.”

So why on earth, when earned benefits and vital programs for working families were on the chopping block — did pharmaceutical giant Amgen end up with a $500 million giveaway from Medicare?

It is outrageous that in a time of fiscal austerity, where everyone is being asked to tighten their belts and make do with less, that we would gift a Fortune 500 company with a $500 million pay day. Click here to sign our joint petition with Progressives United to call on Amgen Chairman and CEO Robert Bradway to give back the $500 million in taxpayer handouts his company received in the recent fiscal deal now.

Amgen, which recently pleaded guilty for misbranding a drug and was subsequently fined for $762 million, has a clear motive to steal back taxpayer money from Medicare by slipping in a provision favoring one of its drugs.1

And just how was Amgen able to get away with plundering the public coffers? Amgen’s strategy to achieve this sweetheart deal is the perfect example of corruption that permeates throughout Washington.

For starters, they hired 74 lobbyists to influence Congress, many of which were former chiefs of staffs to the senators most sympathetic to Amgen’s demands, including Finance Committee leaders Max Baucus (D-MT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Then they had a former Amgen analyst-turned top aide for Senator Hatch write the bill. And then they poured money into all three Senators' campaign coffers, with Amgen’s PAC and employees spending between $60-75,000 per Senator to sweeten the deal. And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you buy Congress.

Earlier this year, when we surveyed our members on what issues were most important to them, by an overwhelming majority, our members wanted us to focus on the pervasive and corrupting influence that money has on our elections and government. Well this is a textbook case of that corruption, and it’s up to you and me to call them out.

Tell Amgen Chairman and CEO Robert Bradway to give back the $500 million in taxpayer dollars his company unfairly received at taxpayer expense.

With our campaign to pressure Amgen to return the money, along with a new push from Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) who has introduced a bill to repeal the provision favoring Amgen, we'll be sending a clear message to corporate America that the days of special interests buying off our politicians and elections to receive sweetheart deals are numbered. Because we, the American People, are watching — and we’re fighting back!

Sincerely,
Ross Wallen
USAction / TrueMajority

1 - "Russ Feingold's Progressives United Launches Petition Against Amgen's Fiscal Cliff Deal," The Huffington Post, Janurary 31, 2013
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:44 pm
Noted. signed. shared. Big Pharma is no friend of the American people. We need to stand up to them.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:50 pm
signed earlier-thx JL (another one where you beat me to posting :-) ) that's good!
 

Roger Garin-michaud (115)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:02 pm
noted, thanks !
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:08 pm
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You are welcome Roger!
 

Sue H. (5)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:18 pm
Absolutely signed, sad to have to. Brian is right, we need to stop accepting corruption!
 

AutumnSick S. (154)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:37 pm
signed and noted, thanks JL
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:41 pm
already signed, shared, and posted to FB, thanks JL
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:43 pm
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Christeen Anderson (554)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:43 pm
Signed.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:49 pm
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Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:51 pm
Signed & posted
 

Ellen G. (344)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:39 pm
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JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:03 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:17 pm
S&N THANKS
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Heidi Aubrey (16)
Monday February 11, 2013, 9:36 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:12 am
Signed & posted
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:21 am
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Edwin M. (356)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:55 pm
Signed thanks JL
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:58 pm
Gladly signed. Shared & noted. Thank you, J.L.
 

Joe R. (190)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 4:48 pm
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:07 pm
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Charlie Rush (67)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:11 pm
We are no better than the rest of the world, when it comes to POLITICAL CORRUPTION.

This is the basic reason for _term limits_. The longer a legislator is in power, obviously, the more powerful he/she becomes.
We, as voters, must 'wise up'. We cannot continue to vote the 'same old, same old' back into office.
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:32 pm
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