We are Jay Hancock ＆ Emmarie Huetteman from Kaiser Health News - We're here to talk about our new database ＆ ongoing reporting showing how pharma industry tries to influence Congress with millions in political donations. Ask Us Anything!
All right, Reddit, we’ve got to run -- the newsroom is humming over here with Election Day approaching! You’ve been excellent hosts and asked some great questions, and we’re looking forward to our next AMA. Until then! - Jay & Emmarie //
Hello Reddit. We are Jay Hancock ＆ Emmarie Huetteman at Kaiser Health News. We’re a non-profit newsroom (no relationship to Kaiser Permanente insurance). We cover health care with extra attention to how health industry influences lawmakers. Our stories go in the Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, NPR and elsewhere. Pharma is one of the wealthiest and most powerful lobbies in Washington, and its arsenal includes millions in political donations to help members of Congress get elected. Our new database shows 10 years of political donations from pharma companies and trade groups, searchable by member of Congress. Here’s a recent piece we did on lobbying and donations by insulin maker Novo Nordisk. Here’s piece we did on “Dark Money” from pharma to influence elections that doesn’t show up in the usual data. Here’s KHN’s landing page.