The Affordable Care Act has driven a huge boost in revenue for pharmaceutical companies — but ironically, $1.5 million in drug industry donations last election cycle were funneled to Republican state attorneys general who will soon make a case for repealing the law before the Supreme Court.
In early 2018, a group of Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit seeking to repeal the ACA, which expanded prescription drug coverage for millions of people and in turn, helped drug makers rake in more revenue. Later that year, eight of those attorneys general were either elected or re-elected. And during the 2017-2018 election cycle, they received financial backing from the Republican Attorneys General Association, which secured $1.6 million from more than a dozen drug makers and PhRMA, the industry’s influential lobbying group.
The contributions, which were funneled through various state Republican committees, ranged from $2,700 to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to $650,000 to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has spearheaded the lawsuit, according to the Center for Political Accountability, a nonprofit group that studies corporate donations and compiled the contribution data from Political Money Line.