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org Political Action TV :30 “Red Handed – Medicare” Pryce (OH-15) MOP-06-304 BACKUP / SUBSTANTIATION SCRIPT: Congresswoman Pryce accepted a hundred thousand dollars from big drug companies. BACKUP: Contributions from “Big Drug Company” PACs1 Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) has accepted $128,420 from “Big Drug Company” PACs since the 1992 election cycle.2 • “Big Drug Company” PACs are the Political Action Committees of the top 40 biggest pharmaceutical companies by revenue in 2004. See Appendix I for Contributions.

SCRIPT: And got caught, red-handed…

BACKUP:

• Merriam-Webster Dictionary Defines RedHanded as: ‘in the Act of Committing a Crime or Misdeed.’ “Misdeed” as: “Wrong Deed.”

• Merriam-Webster Dictionary Defines • Voting for a bill that “expressly bans the

federal government from negotiating with drug manufacturers for lower drug prices,”3 while accepting $128,420 in contributions from “Big Drug Company” PACs4 could give the appearance of favoritism, which could be construed as a “misdeed.”

SCRIPT: …voting for a law that actually prevents Medicare [“federal government”] from negotiating [for] lower drug prices for our seniors

BACKUP: Medicare Prescription Drug Bill Final Passage of the Bill Contains a Provision that Bans the Federal Government from Negotiating with Drug Manufacturers for Lower Drug Prices

• In November 2003, Rep. Pryce voted for
the GOP’s 2003 Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation.5

• “In fact, the final legislation contains a

provision that expressly bans the federal government from negotiating with drug manufacturers for lower drug prices.”6 [was] advertised as a way to provide a long-awaited prescription drug benefit for seniors.”7

• The “Medicare bill passed by the House…

SCRIPT: Tom DeLay. Jack Abramoff. Dick Cheney. And now Deborah Pryce. Another Republican caught red-handed. Tom DeLay [caught red-handed]:

BACKUP: Deborah Pryce, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, and Dick Cheney are all members of the Republican Party. Ex. Tom DeLay caught red-handed On September 29, 2005, Tom DeLay was “indicted in a Texas finance probe.”8 • • DeLay “stepped aside as majority leader” after he was indicted in Texas. 9 After winning his GOP primary in March, he announced he would “resign from Congress in the coming weeks.” 10

According to the Associated Press, “while the state case moves on, a continuing U.S. Justice Department probe into Washington corruption has netted guilty pleas from two of DeLay's former aides and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, once a key DeLay ally.”11 Jack Abramoff [caught red-handed]: Ex. Abramoff caught red-handed According to the Associated Press, “disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced” on March 29, “to nearly six years in prison for committing fraud in the purchase of a fleet of

gambling boats. He will remain free while helping prosecutors with a vast bribery investigation involving members of Congress.”12 • “Abramoff is cooperating with federal investigators in a wide-ranging probe of corruption on Capitol Hill that threatens several powerful members of Congress and their staff members.” In January, Abramoff “pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud.”13 According to the Center for Responsive Politics, “during the time that Jack Abramoff was their lobbyist his clients contributed at least $5 million to members of Congress and their political action committees, to candidates for federal office and to political parties.” 14

Dick Cheney [caught red-handed]:

Ex. Cheney caught red-handed Cheney appears to have been incorrect in stating that he did not have ties to Halliburton even while his office was coordinating no-bid rebuilding contracts in Iraq for Halliburton. Cheney said September 21, 2003 on NBC that since becoming vice president, “I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years.” 15 A report by the Congressional Research Service undermines Vice President Dick Cheney’s denial of a continuing relationship with Halliburton Co.16 • The report says “deferred salary or compensation received from a private corporations in the reportable year is considered as among the ‘ties’ retained in or ‘linkages to former employers’ that may ‘represent a continuing financial interest in those employers, which makes them potential conflicts of interest.” 17

Cheney’s 2003 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report indicates that he received an “Elective Deferred Compensation Plan” from Halliburton.18

In March 2003, the Pentagon awarded a subsidiary of Halliburton a no-bid contract worth $7 billion to help rebuild Iraqi oil fields. According to court documents obtained by Time Magazine, an internal Pentagon e-mail said “action” on the contract was “coordinated” with the Vice President’s office.19 According to the Washington Post, “in the fall of 2002, a senior political appointee in the Defense Department chose oil services giant Halliburton Co. to secretly plan how to repair Iraqi oil fields, and then briefed Vice President Cheney's chief of staff and other White House officials about the sole-source contract before it was granted.”20

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Political Money Line, www.tray.com Political Money Line, www.tray.com; See Appendix I below for Political Money Line chart containing Pryce’s “Big Drug Company” donations since the 1992 election cycle. “Big Drug Company” PACs are the Political Action Committees of the top 40 biggest pharmaceutical companies by revenue in 2004. 3 “New Medicare Drug Plans Fail to Provide Meaningful Drug Price Discounts,” United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff Special Investigations Division, November, 2005; Public Law 108173, § 1860D-2(l). 4 Political Money Line, www.tray.com; “Big Drug Comany” PACs are the Political Action Committees of the top 40 biggest pharmaceutical companies by revenue in 2004. 5 HR 1, CQ Vote 669, November 22, 2003. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll669.xml 6 “New Medicare Drug Plans Fail to Provide Meaningful Drug Price Discounts,” United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff Special Investigations Division, November, 2005; Public Law 108173, § 1860D-2(l). 7 Washington Post, 11/23/03 http://www.peaceredding.org/Medicare%20Bill%20Partly%20a%20Special%20Interest%20Care%20Package.htm 8 Washington Post, 9/29/05 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092800270.html 9 Associated Press, 4/19/06; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041901097.html 10 Associated Press, 4/19/06; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041901097.html 11 Associated Press, 4/19/06 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041901097.html 12 Associated Press, 3/29/06 http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS06/603300449/1012 13 Associated Press, 2/11/06 http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060211/D8FMJP6G1.html 14 Center for Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.com; http://www.capitaleye.org/inside.asp?ID=210 15 Associated Press, 9/26/03 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/politics/main575356.shtml 16 Memorandum, Official’s Stock Options In and Deferred Salary From a Corporation as a “Financial Interest” of an Executive Branch Official in Such Corporation, Congressional Research Service, 9/22/03, http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/crs.pdf 17 Memorandum, Official’s Stock Options In and Deferred Salary From a Corporation as a “Financial Interest” of an Executive Branch Official in Such Corporation, Congressional Research Service, 9/22/03, http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/crs.pdf 18 Vice President Dick Cheney’s 2003 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/pfd2003/N00006237_2003.pdf 19 Time Magazine, 5/30/04; Washington Post, 6/14/04 http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/05/30/cheney.halliburton/ 20 Washington Post, 6/14/04 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39073-2004Jun13.html

Appendix I: Pryce “Big Drug Company” Donations Since 1992 Election Cycle Source: Political Money Line (www.tray.com)
Pryce Big Drug Company Donations Since 1992 Election Cycle PFIZER INC. PAC ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND NOVARTIS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (A.K.A. NOVARTIS PAC) PFIZER INC. PAC ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC) ELI LILLY AND COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE MERCK PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR MERCK & CO INC NOVARTIS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (A.K.A. NOVARTIS PAC) ZENECA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND WYETH GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC. GOOD GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AVENTIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AMGEN INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE MERCK PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR MERCK & CO INC ELI LILLY AND COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE NOVARTIS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (A.K.A. NOVARTIS PAC) ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC) PFIZER INC. PAC ZENECA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AMGEN INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND BAYER CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WYETH GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND SANOFI PASTEUR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE PHARMACIA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PEPAC) HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC. GOOD GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE MERCK PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR MERCK & CO INC SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC) PFIZER INC. PAC ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AMGEN INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE BAYER CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ELI LILLY AND COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ZENECA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND NOVARTIS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (A.K.A. NOVARTIS PAC) MERCK PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR MERCK & CO INC JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY PAC (FKA: DUPONT PHARMACEUTICALS CO PAC) SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC) ZENECA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WYETH GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC) MERCK PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR MERCK & CO INC JOHNSON & JOHNSON EMPLOYEES' GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE PFIZER INC. PAC ABBOTT LABORATORIES EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE $10,000 $10,000 $2,500 $1,000 $10,000 $7,004 $5,000 $4,000 $3,500 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $4,336 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $3,000 $3,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $3,534 $3,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,924 $1,500 $1,122 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $500 $500 $500 $500 $1,000 $500 $500 $128,420