Here are excerpts from an e-mail I received from Max Baucus. “There’s a storm of outside spending on the horizon - and we need to be ready...can you help with a contribution?” He goes on to say: “Outside interests will throw millions of dollars at us in Montana. But ... with your help... I know we can withstand the storm...”
What a crock. The New York Times recently reported that Baucus received nearly $68,000 from a pharmaceutical company named Amgen, and in turn, he and Senators Mitch McConnel ($73,000) and Orin Hatch ($59,000) concocted a $500 million secret sweetheart deal for Amgen as part of Fiscal Cliff negotiations that most other senators were not privy to. And get this; Amgen had just agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties amounting to $762 million for illegally marketing a drug. So these three clowns effectively helped Amgen pay nearly two thirds of that fine with our money.
I find it interesting (and disgusting) that Amgen has 74 lobbyists in Washington, and among them are former chiefs of staff for Baucus and McConnell, and Hatch has a top aide who previously worked for Amgen. What a cesspool our nation’s Capitol has become, and Max is in it up to his neck. I’ve never contributed to Max, and can’t imagine I ever will. Seems he already gets plenty of money from those “outside interests” who “throw millions of dollars at us in Montana.”