Saturday, August 26, 2006

GOP: Give Us Money, We'll Write Laws to Protect You

Is there anything that the Republicans do that surprises you? Here is another example of how the GOP is seriously involved in pay-to-play. Here is an excerpt from the Times Frankfort:

The pharmaceutical industry quietly footed the bill for at least part of a recent multimillion-dollar ad campaign praising lawmakers who support the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to political officials.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims credit for the ads, although a spokesman refused repeatedly to say whether it had received any funds from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Several campaign strategists not involved in the ad campaign said no legal issues were raised by the pharmaceutical industry's involvement.

Democrats seized on the disclosure, though, to renew their charge that the program amounts to a Republican-engineered windfall for drug companies.

"There's a civics lesson here from the drug companies. They write checks to protect their GOP friends, and then they write the laws to benefit themselves, all the while doctors are writing prescriptions middle-class Americans can't afford," said Bill Burton, spokesman for the House Democratic campaign organization.....

Amazing! Did the Republicans and the drug companies think we'd never find out about their arrangement? It makes you wonder what other industries besides pharmaceuticals and oil companies have these cozy relationships with the Republicans.