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August 19, 2009


Politico - The pharmaceutical lobby, PhRMA, has hired the firm David Axelrod founded, AKPD Media - a fact that raises eyebrows because Axelrod sold the firm under an agreement that left it owing him $2 million, a lot of money for a political media company. It's hard to imagine a situation in which, say, Karl Rove was still getting checks from a firm that was, in turn, employed by the drug lobby not drawing fire from the left, and Axelrod's arrangement is, a bit belatedly, getting that attention. As the pharmaceutical industry spends hundreds of millions supporting a government takeover of health care - one which drug companies obviously believe will increase their profits, even as it raises Medicare premiums for seniors - some may wonder whether White House senior advisors earning millions of dollars paid for in part by the pharmaceutical industry represents the kind of change Americans can believe in.


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