What we’re up against
The Center for Responsive Politics has sifted through the lobbying disclosure forms this year and discovered that the drug trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, has spent more than $66.5 million in the first three months of 2009 on pushing its health reform goals. That means Big Pharma is shelling out more than $1.2 million per day to influence your legislator.
Through March, pharmaceutical companies had more than 1,300 lobbyists on payroll.
So, what does PhRMA spending all that money on? One of its primary goals is to defeat the public option. It’s going to take a lot of constituents to overcome that kind of money and manpower.