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Big Pharma Attempts to Save Rep. Jim Hagedorn After He Voted to Give Them a Handout

Aug 13, 2020

American Action Network, a Republican dark money group with ties to Washington Republican leadership, started a $250,000 ad buy today in support of Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s re-election campaign. The American Action Network is funded by Big Pharma and is used by Washington party bosses to mislead voters on the records of corrupt Washington Republicans, like Congressman Hagedorn.

Rep. Hagedorn has voted to benefit Big Pharma’s bottom line in Congress, having voted against the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill that received bipartisan support that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices on behalf of seniors. After serving less than a full term in office, he’s also taken $230,000 from corporate PACs.

“Big Pharma is attempting to throw Jim Hagedorn a lifeboat after he voted to put corporate special interests ahead of what’s best for Minnesota families struggling to afford prescription drugs,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “While Big Money special interests swoop in to try to re-elect a bought and paid for politician, Dan Feehan is rejecting corporate PAC money and running a people-powered campaign to put Minnesotans’ interests first in Congress.”

End Citizens United endorsed Dan Feehan in October of 2019 because of his commitment to rooting out corruption in Washington. The reform group has four million members nationwide, including 4,600 in MN-01, and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.