Merck’s Political Donations Purchase California Gardasil Bill Votes

MB Comment: California legislators are cheap dates. Apparently all it takes is a few grand to purchase their votes – a pittance for a corporate giant like Merck.

In case you haven’t been following this issue, the California legislature recently passed bill AB499, which allows 12 year old girls to be vaccinated with Gardasil (Merck’s HPV vaccine) in schools without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

CalWatchdog (an investigative journalism outfit in Sacramento) connected the dots between Merck’s individual campaign donations to California Senate and Assembly members (in the $1,000 – $3,500 range) and votes on AB499 (see list of contributions and votes below). Ask yourself: What exactly was a giant pharmaceutical company expecting in return for those multiple thousand dollar contributions to obscure legislators?

Merck’s marketing campaign for Gardasil follows the Energizer Bunny model: Keep going despite a growing number of unexplained deaths from Gardasil, despite a recent finding of HPV DNA contamination in the vaccine (denied on the package insert), despite a consumer backlash movement against Gardasil and despite a forthcoming documentary based on interviews with Gardasil adverse reaction victims. Merck has even flexed its corporate muscles and ridiculously expanded the market for this cervical HPV vaccine to boys.

Parents in California with kids in public school should take a close look at this Gardasil issue, before their daughters come home from school after Gardasil vaccination with neurological damage and become ‘One More Girl.’

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Merck Bankrolled Anti-Parent Bill

CalWatchdog

Merck Contributions

I cross-matched the votes for AB 499 in the Legislature with Merck Corporate PAC Contributions in 2010 and came up with this list:

Senate:

Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, $2,000
Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, $2,500
Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, $1,000
Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, $1,500
Juan Vargas, D-Chula Vista, $3,500
Alex Padilla, D-San Fernando Valley, $300
Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, $1,700
Roderick D. Wright, D-Inglewood, $1,500
Lois Wolk, D-Vacaville, $2,000
Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, $1,500

Assembly:

Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, $1,000
Bob Blumenfield, D-Van Nuys, $1,500
V. Manuel Perez, D-Indio, $1,500
Richard Pan, D-East Sacramento, $1,000
Bill Monning, D-Santa Cruz, $1,500
Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta, $1,500
Holly J. Mitchell, D-Culver City, $2,500
Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, $1,500
Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate, $1,000
Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, $1,500
Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, $1,000
Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland, $2,500
Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana, $1,500
Steven Bradford, D-Inglewood, $1,500
Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, $1,000

Total that Merck donated to legislators voting yea on AB 499: $39,500

True, some Merck money went to those who voted against the bill. But an overwhelming amount went to those who backed it. For Merck, which stands to make tens of millions of dollars off the bill, it was an investment that paid off big time.

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One Response to Merck’s Political Donations Purchase California Gardasil Bill Votes

  1. tal says:

    For the benefit of people who have only recently joined the ranks of ‘inquiring minds’

    from SourceWatch http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Gardasil :

    Merck is “helping finance campaigns to get states to pass legislation that would make it mandatory for girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive” the vaccine and has “given money to Women in Government, an advocacy group that includes female state legislators throughout the United States. Many of the state bills advocating the use of Gardasil have been introduced by members of Women in Government, the AP reported.

    Much more at the site.

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