Anti-Big Pharma Group To Launch First Ad Campaign Targeting A Democrat Instead Of A Republican

Evie Fordham | Contributor

Nonprofit organization Patients for Affordable Drugs Action plans to start its first ad campaign Friday to take aim at California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo.

The ad campaign is “the first time the group has targeted a Democrat” rather than a Republican, reported Axios.

Patients for Affordable Drugs Action (P4ADAction) is spending $500,000 against Eshoo ahead of the Nov. 6 general election, citing that her campaigns received more than $1.58 million from the pharmaceutical and health products industry over the course of her decades-long career.

“With our commitment in support of David McKinley in [West Virginia], this brings our pro-[Republican]/anti-[Democrat] spending to $1 million with significantly more to come,” Patients for Affordable Drugs spokeswoman Juliana Keeping told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “P4ADAction is not Democrat versus Republican. Our goal is lower drug prices. We aim to have people on both sides of aisle act more like Rep. McKinley and not like Rep. Eshoo. We seek bipartisan policy reform.”

Eshoo has received $116,450 in campaign contributions so far from the pharmaceutical and health product industry during the 2017 to 2018 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Eshoo’s campaign’s “top contributors include individuals and PACs connected to Johnson & Johnson,” which has given $139,400, Keeping told TheDCNF.

Eshoo is being challenged by little-known Republican Christine Russell to represent California’s 18th District, which includes Silicon Valley. Eshoo received 73 percent of votes and Russell received 23 percent in the district’s all-party top-two primary June 5.

Eshoo has represented the area since 1993. (RELATED: Physician Suicide Is Double The General Population’s Average. The Medical Community Is Trying To Fix That)

Eshoo’s office deferred comment to her reelection campaign team, who did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comments at the time of publication.

A screenshot of part of the mailer against Rep. Anna Eshoo funded by Patients For Affordable Drugs. Screenshot/P4AD

A screenshot of part of the mailer against Rep. Anna Eshoo funded by Patients For Affordable Drugs. Screenshot/P4AD

A screenshot of part of the mailer against Rep. Anna Eshoo funded by Patients For Affordable Drugs. Screenshot/P4AD

A screenshot of part of the mailer against Rep. Anna Eshoo funded by Patients For Affordable Drugs. Screenshot/P4AD

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