Monday, March 2, 2009

Sen. Hatch's Secret Drug Firm Links

Senator Orin Hatch. Getty Images

From Washington Times:

Drugmaker money to Utah senator's charity escaped disclosure.

The pharmaceutical industry that long has benefited from Sen. Orrin G. Hatch's legislative efforts has directed large sums of money to a charity he helped found -- and still raises money for -- while also hiring the Republican lawmaker's son as a lobbyist.

Though Congress boasts that it is more transparent after passing new disclosure rules, Americans have had no way of knowing about the drugmakers' largesse to the charity, Utah Families Foundation. No way, that is, until a normally confidential tax filing was mistakenly released by the Internal Revenue Service to a nonprofit database last year.

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My Comment: If this was not a case of "conflict of interest", I would like to know why.

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