For Immediate Release:
Wednesday December 4, 2019
Dan Kovats, Executive Director
(773) 351-7818 | Dan@ILDCCA.org
Rodney Davis: Representing Big Drug Companies, Not His Constituents
Rodney Davis continues his track record of representing the interests of big drug companies instead of his constituents while taking in tens of thousands of dollars in donations from those same companies
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Through his actions and words, Republican Rodney Davis repeatedly makes it clear he has chosen to represent big drug companies instead of his constituents.
Davis kicked off the current House session by voting against the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which passed with bipartisan support and, among other things, bans “pay-for-delay” deals in which big drug companies pay the makers of generic medicines to delay going to market keeping prescription drug prices high.
Further proof of his choice to support big drug companies, Davis is pushing for the immediate passage of NAFTA 2.0 even though it includes specific carve-outs for big drug companies which would slow down the ability of generic drug producers to produce lower-cost alternatives. These big drug companies fought hard to get this special treatment into the bill. When confronted with this information directly, Davis confirmed he supported the bill without any changes to this carve-out.
Rewarding him for his representation, big drug company PACs have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Davis, including over $15,000 in 2019 alone. A Davis’ spokesperson said Rodney was “proud” of the support he received from a major pharmaceutical company. Additionally, a dark money group which receives large amounts of its funding from the pharmaceutical industry is currently running ads in support of Davis’ reelection.
“When Rodney Davis votes against bills that would lower prescription drug prices while supporting carve outs for big drug companies, he makes his priorities clear” said IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik. “Working families in Illinois’ 13th District need a member of Congress who isn’t bought and paid for and will fight for them instead of the big drug companies.”
The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. McHenry County Chair Kristina Zahorik is the elected President of the IDCCA.