The Huffington PostJuly 21, 2010
written by Noelle Bell aka slinkerwink, Director of New Media
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The commercial details how Governor Rick Perry put the financial considerations of his “big business special interest cronies” before the rights of Texas parents and the well-being of Texas children. It does so by drawing a clear financial connection between a drug giant Merck & Co. (maker of the dangerous and withdrawn drug, Vioxx), top Austin lobbyist Mike Toomey, and Rick Perry’s own campaign.
Did you know that Governor Perry and his aides were in extensive talks with Merck representatives for months before announcing their mandate to vaccinate girls in Texas with Gardasil? Here’s more on this below:
This e-mail and other documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesman under Texas open records laws reveal new details about how Texas became the first state to require the vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer. They show that the governor’s office had been talking about HPV with drug maker Merck for at least five months and that the same state agency that the governor directed to implement the executive order actually drafted the order.
Much of the controversy has centered on Merck, which this week suspended efforts to lobby statehouses around the country to mandate the vaccine, Gardasil. The company had been funneling money through an advocacy group, Women in Government.
In Texas, some had questioned Perry’s Merck ties: Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff, is one of Merck’s lobbyists here, and Merck gave $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign.