Big Pharma Bankrolling Ads for Charles Taylor

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAs the putrid waft of Charles Taylor's attack ads on Heath Shuler linger in the mountains of North Carolina's eleventh district, news yesterday came that the television ads put together by the pro-CAFTA U.S. Chamber of Commerce (click here for more info on USCC and their misleading ads) were sponsored by Big Pharma.

Guardian: "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.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe 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."
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"The officials who described PhRMA's involvement said they did not know whether the industry had given the Chamber money to cover the entire cost of the ads and other elements of an election-year voter mobilization effort, or merely a portion."

Charles Taylor has attacked Heath Shuler for raising money from Democratic Party groups and labor groups. Now we find that the pro-CAFTA group running the Medicare ad across the district is in cahoots with the pharmaceutical companies who benefit so much from this failed legislation.

Charles Taylor, already known to be in the pockets of General Electric, Casino Gambling interests, and Big Oil (not to mention Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay), is being directly supported by the pharmaceutical industry. Remember that the Medicare reform supported by Charles Taylor made it illegal for the federal government to negotiate drug prices with Big Pharma, and now Big Pharma is repaying it's Congressmen with misleading ads.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPlease call Charles Taylor's office (828-251-1988) to ask that he accept no more money from the pro-CAFTA U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the pharmaceutical industries, or clients of Jack Abramoff. Also feel free to point out that his desperate attacks on Heath Shuler are the words of a frightened hypocrite.

With Global corporate interests helping to fund the Taylor campaign, it's important for we citizens to do our part to support Heath Shuler. If you haven't donated, now's the time. If you have, then now's the time to give some more. International corporations want to keep Charles Taylor in power. Let's show them what people power can do.

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A few of those ads showed in Charlotte

for Robin Hayes and I was just going over his financial statements this morning. Time to screw that ass to the wall. He owns quite a bit of pharmaceutical stock.


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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

So Robin Hayes Hates Senior citizens

and he hates puppies too. Wonder which he hates more?


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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I say it's time for the

LTE team to ACTIVATE!!! OH Man, they couldn't play into the Dems hands if the dems wrote the script! Thanks for the EYE OPENER Screwy!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I sent the Chas. Taylor "Porker of the Month"

article to the editor of the Times News in Hendersonville. I hope they give it some play. I hope you saw it. Nan posted it here a few days ago. As an aside, I've written to the Chairman of Merck about the VA price on Zocor vs the price in Part D (almost 10 times more) and am awaiting an aswer. I'll let you know if and when....

We've got to get this pile of excrement out of office.

Stan Bozarth

Bigger issue

If that is true, then that could be a violation of election law. Improper disclosure of who pays for ads is serious business.
The article says:

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

But who are their sources? I am not familiar with federal laws, but I know that if something like this occured in North Carolina it would definetly be a violation in spirit if not in letter of the disclosure laws.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

Don't tease me...

Are you really telling me that Hayes' ad is

1. Paid for by Big Pharma

and

2. A violation of election law

Woo Hoo! Let the games begin!!!

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

They'll say everything they're doing

is legal until the end of time. And it may be. But even if it is legal, it's wrong.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Pharm $$ spread far and wide

Jim Talent getting Ad support, too.

In recent weeks, Missourians have been seeing ads praising Jim Talent for supporting the Medicare prescription drug bill--the bill that benefits drug companies while still leaving most seniors with massive out of pocket expenses.

What Missouri seniors probably didn't know was that the ads they've been seeing were paid for by the big drug companies.

It's so simple, really. Big Pharma writes a Bill. Congress Rethugs pass the Bill. Big Pharma pays for re-election Ads.

AP ran a story last Friday that said 10 Congressional Republicans are getting the advertising support.

"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.

With Hayes and Taylor both getting pimped by these ads, I hope the goods folks over at the Shuler and Kissell campaigns are gearing up to run with this.

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

The bad thing for us, again...

is that the counter ads are being run by the trial lawyers. I've said it once and I'll say it again, everyone hates trial lawyers until they need one. But, the fact is that their generic popularity is right up there with foot fungus.

You don't see the Swift Boaters coming out calling themselves "Pawns of Cheney" - no, they come up with a cutesy name that hides who they are from those who would jump off their bandwagon if they found out. Trial lawyers could do the same thing.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me