March 7th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
7 years ago

CNNMoney: Big Pharma opens wallet to Dems

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – Democrats have long served as the traditional enemy of Big Pharma, but in this presidential campaign, the left is taking the lion's share of drugmaker money.

Democratic senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the top recipients of donations from the pharmaceutical industry, according to The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit, non-partisan research group in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, donations to Sen. John McCain, who was recently endorsed by President Bush as the official Republican candidate, pale in comparison.

Obama maintains a slight edge over his Democratic rival, with $181,000 in Big Pharma donations through Jan. 31, compared with Clinton's $174,000, according to the center. McCain is far behind with $44,000.

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  1. tmitche

    Oh, but I thought Obama wasn't taking money from "big business." Yeah, right he is clearly an example of the same old Washington politics. I vote for Hillary because at least I know what I am getting when I vote for her – a politician who will fight. Obama is all about talk and saying he is different while his campaign is doing the same thing the other campaigns are doing.

    March 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Anne C.

    While all of you Obama supporters have tried to claim he's run such a clean campaign, he has for the entire 13 months been slinging mud about Hillary being tied to special interest groups. He inserts it in speeches and every chance he can at a debate. That's only one small example of how he has been negative this whole time, and I'd be happy to give more, but I know the ones who need to hear it won't listen. So now the mud comes back to him. About time.
    You also love to claim that Hillary is so low–all she has done is ask the questions the media should have been asking all along and now finally are. I don't see her crashing her opponents conference calls or denigrating the achievements of the many women of the white house. Those things are truly low.

    March 7, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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