Opioids and corruption; Special Session needed

Well, folks it looks like the Connecticut Post has committed the high crime of…journalism.

This as it reports some leftist heavy hitters from this state are getting grants from the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy facing Purdue Pharma.

The paper reports the congressional delegation has received over $641,000 in campaign contributions from drugmakers and their allies — the same group many blame for the addiction epidemic that’s sweeping Connecticut and the nation.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal received $71,500 in contributions from drugmakers and medical associations since 2010, and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy received $85,850 since 2007, according to a Hearst Connecticut Media analysis of data compiled by the Associated Press.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, received more than $135,000 since 2007, and U.S. Joe Courtney, D-2, received more than $140,000 since 2006.

The money poured in from the giants of the pain medication industry, such as… Purdue Pharma, the inventor of OxyContin, Pfizer, which operates a development laboratory in Groton, and Bristol-Meyer Squibb.

Uh, paging Steve Hilton and SWAMP WATCH!

The industry and its allies spent $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions between 2006 through 2015.

But then it gets messy…

[T]he state’s senators and congressmen denied the contributions influenced their decision making.

Some complained that AP’s definition of “allies” included makers of medical devices.

Blumenthal pointed out that as the state’s attorney general he, along with attorney generals across the nation, sued Purdue Pharma over its labeling of OxyContin. In 2007, the company pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the drug’s addiction risk.

Purdue did not donate to Blumenthal, according to the AP data.

Pfizer, however, contributed $24,800 to his campaign and other donors included Bristol-Meyer Squibb, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and various other allies of drugmakers.

 

The so-called pizza tax, chicken tax, fast food tax…you name it that’s what it is.  And the less than powerful CT GOP says the time is now for a special session.

WFSB Channel 3 reports

They held a news conference on Tuesday morning to speak out against the tax, calling it a “Democratic food fight.”

The tax is set to take effect on October 1.

However, Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, is urging officials to fix it beforehand.

Republicans said the only way to do that is through a special session.

They said they are calling on Democratic lawmakers to sign a petition that would call the legislature into a special session to stop the new tax from going into effect.

I did a post on this latest example of theft a few days ago.

 

 

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