Glaxo funds right wing assault on health reform

Drug making giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has its U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park, is publicly making nice with President Obama saying it will be a constructive partner in health reform.

But the company’s 2008 charitable grants report shows that behind-the-scenes GSK is contributing to every national right wing think tank that opposes health reform. These think tanks attack every viable solution to the health care crisis and create misleading and destructive ads.

GSK gave to The Heartland Institute, for example, which is producing ads like this one claiming that Obama wants to nationalize health care. The drug maker also is giving money to the American Enterprise Institute, the Galen Institute, the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Manhattan Institute for Policy, and the State Policy Network (the John Locke Foundation is a member).

While GSK is willing to sit and talk, the company is busy kicking people under the table.

4 Comments

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  2. Sandy R

    July 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    What a disappointment in our RTP company, GSK. I thought they simply stood for the science. Their contribution to the Hearthland Institute is unacceptable. Perhaps they are making too much money. I have always held that research costs money, and research companies are due their income to carry out their research. I don’t think so anymore – at least not about GSK.

  3. Jack

    July 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Trashy reporting – tell the truth.

    Heartland Institute $25,000, Galen $30,000,American Enterprise Institute $30,000, Manahatten $25,000

    Forgot to mention other GSK gifts:

    Shaping American Health – - $100,000, Patient Advocate Foundation $200,000, Foundation to Prevent Cervical Cancer $350,000 and the AIDS Instutute $75,000 and many many more!

    GSK – - promoting free speech and willing to listen to all parties as we try to solve the healthcare problem.

    Do the math!

  4. AdamL

    July 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Nice try Jack, but giving money to a good community group doesn’t balance out the gifts to organizations that are producing misleading ads and trashing reform efforts.

    Also, the Patient Advocate Foundation promotes the views of the drug industry and medical device makers in Washington — that doesn’t make me feel any better.