Congress is Bought and Paid for By the Pharmaceutical Industry
Almost every senator and every member of the House of Representatives have taken campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies.
In ten years the pharma companies have spent 2.5 billion dollars lobbying and influencing our law makers. Your government is bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.
This legalized extortion is why the pharma industry gets away with killing us, and no one goes to jail. Our words are harsh and straight forward. We don’t beat around the bush. Follow along and see how these facts stated influence every one of us.
Are you aware that lobbyist writes the law and hands it to politicians to get it approved? Wait, didn’t we vote for that politician who promised to run on specific issues that are important to us? Lobbying firms that pay off these politicians write the new laws, give them to the politicians, and pass them.
There are ways around the laws in place that put limits on donating directly to a campaign. A simple example: A lobbying firm can organize a fundraiser for the candidate’s reelection campaign. They raise vast amounts of money for the politician and, in the same breath, have a conversation about their point of view on what should occur in their industry Legalized bribery. We all know the fundraiser was strictly to influence what the politician does.
Then to top it all off, politicians are promised extremely lucrative jobs in the lobbying field in exchange for passing laws for the big businesses who raised money for them and handed them the bill to have passed — which of course is in the best interest of the big business and at the expense of the citizens. So it’s not bad enough that they buy their votes through lobbying; they now bribe them through million-dollar salaries to pass laws for their financial gain.
President Trump once made a statement while standing next to Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, when discussing the pharmaceutical industry. He said, “They contribute massive amounts of money to political people, I don’t know, Mitch, maybe even to you,” he added. Yes, he, too, tells it like it is, and he was also right.
In April 2016, Congress passed a law, The Ensuring Patient and Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, that curtailed and limited the Drug Enforcement Administrations’ ability to go after those responsible for fueling the deadly opioid epidemic. They passed a law making it easier for the pharma industry to supply corrupt doctors with the ability to write prescriptions for narcotics on the black market. Congress passed this law, which relaxed the oversight of opioid distribution.
The law made it impossible for the DEA to use some of its powers against drug manufacturers and distributors, making it easier for deceptive and criminal behavior to occur during the height of the opioid crisis in history. At the same time, the number of deaths continued to rise in record numbers.
Pharma diligently lobbied critical members of Congress, pouring money into their campaigns. According to lobbying reports, the pharmaceutical industry spent 102 million dollars lobbying Congress on this bill and other legislation between 2014 and 2016.
At the height of the deadly record breaking opiod epidemic congress passed a law to fuel the fire. They made it easier for the black market to get the drugs on the streets by limiting the Drug Enforcement Agencies powers.
In the past, the DEA had to power to stop drug shipments that posed an “imminent danger” to the community. After this law is passed, the DEA must follow new guidelines and prove that there is a substantial likelihood of an immediate threat, which is now much higher standards to stop a suspected shipment of narcotics.
The DEA says “immediately,” by definition, means right now, so those guidelines are impossible to meet — hence, limiting their ability and fueling the fire to your drug epidemic.
We, as a society, are in grave trouble. Laws are being passed, which are counterproductive to society. The laws are on the big businesses’ side, all at the expense of our health and well being.
This is only one example of the pharmaceutical industry buying off the politicians to get laws past that for their financial wellbeing.
Billions of dollars are spent buying off Congress; Congress passes laws to protect the big businesses who fund them.
Let’s take a glance at the numbers:
The late Arlen Specter – $1,227,990 — Former Senator Rick Santorum – $810,695 — Senator Bob Casey has gotten $790,560 in 15 years. Tim Murphy – $608,480. I don’t think I need to go on. There are several tools available to us to look at the corruption and the payoffs for ourselves.
https://khn.org/news/campaign/ For right now, this is a link to follow to look up campaign contributions from each pharmaceutical company. As censorship grew exponentially in 2019, we will find more and more of our resources and factual information disappearing from our view. This is Kaiser Health News – Campaign Contribution Tacker, Cash to Congress.
We looked up Republican Greg Walden.
Every year, pharmaceutical companies contribute millions of dollars to U.S. senators and representatives as part of a multipronged effort to influence health care lawmaking and spending priorities. Use this tool to explore the sizable role drugmakers play in the campaign finance system, where many industries seek to influence Congress. Discover which lawmakers rake in the most money (or the least) and which pharma companies are the biggest contributors. Or use our search tool to look up members of Congress by name or home state, as well as dozens of drugmakers that KHN tracks.
Lawmakers: Filled & Refilled
Follow the money, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
“The pharmaceutical industry has an enormously influential role in lobbying, as well as through their campaign donations,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center, told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.
This year alone — which is not a congressional election year — Big Pharma has already donated $6,965,956 to members of Congress and spent a whopping $145,743,337 on lobbying in Washington. “Pharmaceuticals is number one just in the first six months, nearly $145 million,” said Krumholz.
Another great source to find the truth is; — OpenSecrets.org — https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/lobbying.php?cycle=2018&ind=H04
Pharmaceuticals / Health Products: Lobbying, 2018
Total for Pharmaceuticals/Health Products: $282,744,469
Total Number of Clients Reported: 416
Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 1,451
Total Number of Revolvers: 973 (67.1%)]
You can clearly see by utilizing these tools we are a society are in great danger. What the public wants, needs, desires, and deserves have absolutely no weight in the political arena.
We also need to look at the fact that these politicians are offered jobs that pay millions of dollars a year by the pharma industry.
Professors at Princeton and Northwestern examined more than 20 years’ worth of data while looking to see if the government does represent what the public wants.
When they examined facts to find out if our government represents us the way we believe that they do — straight to the answer — they do not, not even close. The opinion of only ten percent of the people appeared to matter. The majority of people and who they voted for had no impact on which laws were passed at all.
Voters have no effect on which laws are passed and come into play. Who does? If you haven’t guessed by now, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s abundantly clear that the big businesses are the ones who govern what laws come to fruition.
Money is the only thing that influences our politicians and which laws come into play. As I mentioned, we as a society are in grave danger. We are blindly supporting a system that is riddled with corruption, and big businesses are our government. Big business has an agenda — profits — and more profits at any expense, including our deaths.
The paper states: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy”
They also found that in the five years before the paper, the 200 most politically active companies spent $5.8 billion influencing our government by lobbying and campaign donations. 5.8 Billion dollars buys a whole lot of votes but to them well worth the money. The companies received 4.4 trillion dollars in return. To the corporate cog that runs the planet, 5.8 billion dollars is a drop in the bucket—the cost to win a Senate seat in 2014: $14,351 per day. The average price of winning or holding on to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate averaged $10,476,451, according to Maplight.org. It seems current information is harder to find. Mainstream does not put it out there. We could dig deeper, but we are pretty sure this number will just keep increasing.
The whole deceptive system is nothing more than a vicious cycle of legalized corruption that does the taxpayer more harm than good — especially in the are of health. Why not kill a few humans to bring in 4.4 trillion dollars. This type of thinking is doesn’t phase the puppet masters, and we are dying for their profits.
We hope you are catching on by now as we dig deeper into more specific areas of fraud, deception, and corruption in the unscrupulous world run by the big business puppet masters playing in a false stage of reality. We must wake up and join together to effect change in a country run upon principals of pure deception.