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Pharma Showers Key Oregon Lawmakers With Money

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The industry has given big bucks to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who chairs a powerful congressional committee, but has ignored Rep. Peter DeFazio, who is not on any committees that influence drug legislation.

Oregon’s congressional delegation includes members who are among the most courted by the nation’s pharmaceutical industry, and those who are among the most shunned, a new study shows, as the battle over sky-high U.S. prescription drug prices takes on a greater intensity.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Takes the Lead in Campaign Contributions

Of the $816,624 Regence spent on elections in Oregon over the past years, the majority went to state and local political candidates

March 22, 2012 -- Health insurers, like any other business in Oregon, are allowed to give an unlimited amount of money to state and local political campaigns, ballot and bond measures. Only three other states have such liberal laws – Missouri, Utah and Virginia.

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