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Blog Post
9/30/2004
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
Drug companies pay $337,000 to Arnold's Committees. Arnold vetoes four bills for cheaper prescription drugs. The auto industry gives the leading man $1 million. Arnold vetoes a greatly stripped down car buyers' bill of rights. Big business ponies up the lion's share of the $30 million financing for "The Governator." Arnold vetoes...
Blog Post
9/17/2004
Jamie Court & Jerry Flanagan
In less than one week, Arnold has managed to renounce every vow he's taken to the people of California to keep big money and big policy separate in the Governor's office. Here's the lowdown on the super pay for the leading man's latest roles: "Environmental Terminator" Plot: Arnold vs. The American Lung Association, Sierra Club,...
Blog Post
8/26/2004
Jamie Court
Arnold's $350,000 trip to the GOP convention in New York is being paid for in part by the pharmaceutical industry, including Abbot Labs, Amgen and Pfizer. Yesterday, a group of 20 seniors from California who can't afford their prescription drugs arrived in Vancouver, Canada on a chartered train dubbed the Rx Express. There the Californians...
Feature
8/15/2004
Jerry Flanagan
FTCR organized two three-day "Rx Express" train trips to Canada promoting prescription drug bulk purchasing which resulted in 300 television appearances with a cumulative Nielsen audience of 65 million viewers, as well as 60 newspaper articles and more than 100 radio interviews. Watch a short documentary about the experiences of the Rx...
Blog Post
5/24/2004
Jerry Flanagan
Arnold's promises to voters - to stand up to special interests - and the precedent he sets for legislators, whom he targeted in the recall campaign as beholden to special interest spending, require him to prove that he's not addicted to drug company contributions by giving back the 325K+ he's received. Assembly Members who have themselves taken a...
Blog Post
4/19/2004
Jerry Flanagan
ArnoldWatch tipsters tell us that Arnold, as part of his 'Medi-Cal redesign plan,' wants to force the disabled in the program to join corporateering HMOs whose high overhead costs and capped payments mean that patient care gets short changed. The plan would be an outsourcing dream come true for state HMOs, which have given $300,000 to the Gov's...
Blog Post
4/13/2004
Jerry Flanagan
The "Collectinator" has done a far better job of collecting campaign cash for himself from pharmaceutical companies - over $290,000 in checks cashed - than he has collecting money reportedly owed California taxpayers by pharmaceutical giants (known collectively as Big Pharma). A recent Bush Administration audit found that California...
Blog Post
12/17/2003
Jamie Court
With health care costs skyrocketing, a new California Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Containment Commission (AB 1528 Cohn) may have the most important job in the state - reining in waste, fraud and profiteering by HMOs, hospitals, doctors groups, and pharmaceutical companies. The Commission - created along with Senate Bill 2's new...