Dems Voting No on Prescription Drug Imports Receive 70% More Pharma Money

For Immediate Release

Maplight.org
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Michele Horaney, APR
Communications Director
MAPLight.org
michele@maplight.org
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Dems Voting No on Prescription Drug Imports Receive 70% More Pharma Money

BERKELEY, Calif. - On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. Senate voted against the importation of prescription drugs, 51-48.
Offered by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) as an amendment to the health care
reform bill, the provision would pave the way for market access to
cheaper prescription drugs, by relaxing restrictions on imports from
Canada and other highly-developed countries.

In a bipartisan effort rarely seen in recent votes on health care
reform, 30 Democrats sided with 17 Republicans and one Independent to
kill the bill.

MAPLight.org found that Senate Democrats who voted
to block imports, siding with drug companies, received an average of
$73,729 each from drug companies over the past six years-70% more than
Democrats who voted in favor of imports.

Among all Senators, those voting to block imports received an
average of $85,812 each from drug companies, 66% more than those who
voted in favor of imports.

All Democrats (and Independents)

Average to Yes votes (allow imports): $43,446

Average to No votes (block imports): $73,729

All Senators

Average to Yes votes (allow imports): $51,803

Average to No votes (block imports): $85,812

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is opposed to drug
importation, claiming the risks of counterfeit medicines and
sub-standard regulations could cause undue harm to consumers. Senator
Dorgan and 12 co-sponsors argue in the text of this bill that
"a prescription drug is neither safe nor effective to an individual who
cannot afford it." Dorgan estimates that the bill would save American
consumers $100 billion over ten years.

Previous MAPLight.org research has also shown alignment of pharma
campaign money and votes in Congress. On a Medicare-related vote in
September, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee who voted in favor
of pharma interests received 4.2 times more campaign money from pharma
interests than Dems who voted against pharma interests. And in May
2007, the Senate voted to
kill a similar effort to allow prescription drug imports. Senators who
voted in favor of pharma interests received three times more campaign
money from pharma interests-$100,000 each over six years-than Senators
who voted against them.

Note: Averages for yesterday's vote exclude Senator Byrd, who did
not vote, and recently elected or appointed Senators Roland Burris,
Paul Kirk, Herbert Kohl, and George LeMieux, for whom campaign finance
records are not yet available.

Campaign Contributions to Senators from Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Interests, January 1, 2003 - August 12, 2009

Senator

Party

State

Amount from pharma interests

Vote on allowing imports

Akaka, Daniel

D

HI

$4,000

No

Alexander, Lamar

R

TN

$108,950

Yes

Barrasso, John

R

WY

$55,500

No

Baucus, Max

D

MT

$261,020

No

Bayh, Evan

D

IN

$144,072

No

Begich, Mark

D

AK

$7,500

Yes

Bennet, Michael

D

CO

$10,750

Yes

Bennett, Robert

R

UT

$124,000

No

Bingaman, Jeff

D

NM

$48,500

Yes

Bond, Christopher

R

MO

$99,003

Yes

Boxer, Barbara

D

CA

$35,900

Yes

Brown, Sherrod

D

OH

$17,300

Yes

Brownback, Samuel

R

KS

$28,250

No

Bunning, Jim

R

KY

$64,250

No

Burr, Richard

R

NC

$301,898

No

Burris, Roland

D

IL

$0

No

Byrd, Robert

D

WV

$32,100

Not voting

Cantwell, Maria

D

WA

$22,400

No

Cardin, Benjamin

D

MD

$40,850

No

Carper, Thomas

D

DE

$135,700

No

Casey, Robert

D

PA

$34,750

No

Chambliss, Saxby

R

GA

$83,949

No

Coburn, Thomas

R

OK

$44,051

Yes

Cochran, Thad

R

MS

$69,000

No

Collins, Susan

R

ME

$70,500

Yes

Conrad, Kent

D

ND

$83,000

Yes

Corker, Bob

R

TN

$65,200

Yes

Cornyn, John

R

TX

$119,700

Yes

Crapo, Michael

R

ID

$64,580

Yes

DeMint, Jim

R

SC

$40,000

Yes

Dodd, Christopher

D

CT

$174,525

No

Dorgan, Byron

D

ND

$12,500

Yes

Durbin, Richard

D

IL

$28,600

No

Ensign, John

R

NV

$89,950

No

Enzi, Michael

R

WY

$146,500

No

Feingold, Russell

D

WI

$6,200

Yes

Feinstein, Dianne

D

CA

$39,500

Yes

Franken, Al

D

MN

$2,500

Yes

Gillibrand, Kirsten

D

NY

$44,400

No

Graham, Lindsey

R

SC

$55,250

Yes

Grassley, Charles

R

IA

$103,700

Yes

Gregg, Judd

R

NH

$122,500

No

Hagan, Kay

D

NC

$4,650

No

Harkin, Thomas

D

IA

$81,800

Yes

Hatch, Orrin

R

UT

$262,950

No

Hutchison, Kay

R

TX

$29,250

Yes

Inhofe, James

R

OK

$20,250

No

Inouye, Daniel

D

HI

$200

No

Isakson, John

R

GA

$126,599

No

Johanns, Mike

R

NE

$43,100

Yes

Johnson, Tim

D

SD

($1,500)

Yes

Kaufman, Edward

D

DE

$1,500

No

Kerry, John

D

MA

$21,170

No

Kirk, Paul

D

MA

$0

No

Klobuchar, Amy

D

MN

$2,290

Yes

Kohl, Herbert

D

WI

$0

Yes

Kyl, Jon

R

AZ

$117,350

No

Landrieu, Mary

D

LA

$89,550

No

Lautenberg, Frank

D

NJ

$97,550

No

Leahy, Patrick

D

VT

$46,600

Yes

LeMieux, George

R

FL

$0

Yes

Levin, Carl

D

MI

$1,000

No

Lieberman, Joseph

I

CT

$199,540

No

Lincoln, Blanche

D

AR

$100,750

Yes

Lugar, Richard

R

IN

$51,850

No

McCain, John

R

AZ

$7,000

Yes

McCaskill, Claire

D

MO

$6,050

Yes

McConnell, Mitch

R

KY

$225,900

Yes

Menéndez, Robert

D

NJ

$196,452

No

Merkley, Jeff

D

OR

$18,500

Yes

Mikulski, Barbara

D

MD

$70,995

No

Murkowski, Lisa

R

AK

$63,050

Yes

Murray, Patty

D

WA

$144,400

No

Nelson, Ben

D

NE

$138,098

Yes

Nelson, Bill

D

FL

$38,600

Yes

Pryor, Mark

D

AR

$31,000

Yes

Reed, John

D

RI

$34,100

No

Reid, Harry

D

NV

$74,800

No

Risch, James

R

ID

$22,100

Yes

Roberts, Pat

R

KS

$80,650

No

Rockefeller, John

D

WV

$44,000

No

Sanders, Bernard

I

VT

$420

Yes

Schumer, Charles

D

NY

$54,900

No

Sessions, Jefferson

R

AL

$45,000

Yes

Shaheen, Jeanne

D

NH

$2,250

Yes

Shelby, Richard

R

AL

$25,000

Yes

Snowe, Olympia

R

ME

$4,000

Yes

Specter, Arlen

D

PA

$353,550

Yes

Stabenow, Debbie Ann

D

MI

$39,134

Yes

Tester, Jon

D

MT

$14,000

No

Thune, John

R

SD

$45,300

Yes

Udall, Mark

D

CO

$102,275

No

Udall, Tom

D

NM

$15,300

Yes

Vitter, David

R

LA

$17,050

Yes

Voinovich, George

R

OH

$63,750

No

Warner, Mark

D

VA

$84,950

No

Webb, Jim

D

VA

$8,750

Yes

Whitehouse, Sheldon

D

RI

$11,800

No

Wicker, Roger

R

MS

$67,600

Yes

Wyden, Ron

D

OR

$27,800

Yes

Methodology: Campaign contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets Open Data,
and includes PAC and individual contributions from pharmaceutical
manufacturing interests. Date range of contributions: January 1, 2003 -
August 12, 2009. Contributions to the presidential campaigns of
Senators are not included.

MAPLight.org's previous coverage of health care reform includes Lieberman Among Top Recipients of Health Insurance Money; Opposes Medicare Expansion (December 15), Public Option Dies in Senate While Health Industry Money Flows (December 14), analyses of campaign contributions and votes on the public option (Sept. 30Oct. 8) and votes benefiting pharma interests.

 

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