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Linda Benesch,

Progressives Target Rep. Jake Auchincloss with Billboard Ad For Blocking Plans to Lower Drug Prices


Today, Social Security Works and Organize for Justice, a sister organization of Justice Democrats, launched a billboard campaign calling out Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) for siding with pharmaceutical corporations instead of his constituents.

Auchincloss, who received over $66,000 in campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, recently co-led a letter aimed at blocking Democratic efforts to lower drug prices.

A truck displaying the billboard is parked outside Auchincloss's Attleboro District Office. (Auchincloss has not yet replaced former Rep. Joe Kennedy's name on the sign outside.)

"There's nothing 'moderate' or 'bipartisan' about blocking plans to lower drug prices. In fact, lowering drug prices is incredibly popular with voters across the political spectrum. Auchincloss is a shill for pharmaceutical corporations, and we're making sure his constituents know it," said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works.

"After all we've been through in this pandemic, it's unconscionable that Rep. Auchincloss would rather do the bidding of Big Pharma corporate donors than lower prescription drug prices for working families," said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats and board president of Organize for Justice.

Social Security Works' mission is to: Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations; Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security; and Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice.