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New ECU Ad in ME-02: Poliquin Protects Big Pharma While Prescription Drug Prices Rise

Oct 25, 2018

End Citizens United (ECU) today launched a new TV ad in Maine’s 2nd congressional district focusing on the thousands of dollars Congressman Poliquin has taken from Big Pharma and his voting record of supporting billions in tax breaks for them.

The ad, titled “Greed,” is part of a $268,00 communications ad campaign for ME-02, consisting of $218,000 on television and radio and $50,000 in digital ads.

You can listen to the radio ad here

“Maine deserve a representative who will fight for them, not corporate donors and Bruce Poliquin is not that representative” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “While Congressman Poliquin has taken thousands from Big Pharma and voted to protect their profits, Jared Golden has run a campaign free from corporate PAC money. He’s served his country abroad and voters are going to elect him to Congress because they know he will serve people in Maine.”

The ad comes on the heels of ECU’s polling showing Jared Golden taking the lead in ME-02 as voters sour on Representative Bruce Poliquin, 48-42 percent.

ECU named Poliquin to its Big Money 20, identifying him as one of the worst pay-to-play politicians in Washington. Recently, Jared Golden was part of a coalition of 107 House challenger candidates who sent a letter to the House of Representatives demanding that areform bill be the first item on the agenda in 2019.

Click here for supporting information for “Greed.”

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Full TV script below:

VO: It’s the greed that makes our medicines so expensive. And our Congressman keeps looking the other way as the greedy drug companies jack-up our prescription costs.

VO: It’s a fact. Bruce Poliquin has taken thousands from the drug industry.

VO: And votes to protect their profits.

VO: Poliquin even voted to give big Pharma billions more in tax breaks. How much longer can we have a Congressman who sides with THEM…and not US?

VO: End Citizens United is responsible for the content of this ad.

Unlike dark money groups, ECU is entirely transparent and every penny is disclosed with the Federal Election Commission. Unlike Super PACs, ECU is entirely grassroots-funded with an average contribution of $14.