Legislature
Follow the Money: Pharma companies spend big on Nevada lawmakers
By
The Nevada Independent Staff

Between a heavy union presence and immense pressure from industry players, next week’s hearing on a major pharmaceutical regulatory measure, including price controls on diabetes medicine, promises to be one of the hardest fought battles of the 2017 session.

But campaign donations point to the outsize influence members of the pharmaceutical industry wields among Nevada lawmakers, who received an aggregate six figures in contributions from more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies over the last two years.

In total, companies in the pharmaceutical industry gave $127,900 to Nevada lawmakers ahead of the 2016 election cycle, with major donations directed primarily to legislative leadership.

Donations from the industry generally split between both parties, though Democratic legislators reported receiving slightly more ($71,000) than Republican lawmakers ($52,800). Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford received the most from pharmaceutical companies ($12,000), though that’s a small chunk of the $740,000 he reported raising ahead of the 2016 campaign.

While the total size of pharmaceutical donations is impressive, it’s merely a drop in the $10.8 million pond of legislative campaign donations made ahead of the 2016 cycle.

Below, we’ve totaled all of the donations made to members of the Legislature by individual businesses. As always, we’ve triple checked our numbers and math, but if anything seems off feel free to contact us at rsnyder@thenvindy.com or megan@thenvindy.com.

TOP 5 PHARMA MONEY RECIPIENTS

  • Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford: $12,000
  • Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson: $11,000
  • Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Irene Bustamante Adams: $10,750
  • Assistant Senate Minority Leader Ben Kieckhefer: $9,500
  • Assistant Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson: $7,250

PhRMA, a trade group representing companies in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States: $33,500

  • $2,500 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $2,500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $2,500 to Assemblyman Paul Anderson (R)
  • $2,000 to Assemblyman James Oscarson (R)
  • $2,000 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R)
  • $2,000 to Senator Pete Goicoechea (R)
  • $2,000 to Senator Joe Hardy (R)
  • $2,000 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D)
  • $2,000 to Senator Patricia Farley (I)
  • $1,500 to Assemblyman John Hambrick (R)
  • $1,500 to Assemblyman Elliot Anderson (D)
  • $1,500 to Senator Michael Roberson (R)
  • $1,500 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $1,500 to Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (D)
  • $1,500 to Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)
  • $1,000 to Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo (D)
  • $1,000 Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Scott Hammond (R)
  • $1,000 to Senator James Settelmeyer (R)
  • $500 to Senator Heidi Gansert (R)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R)

Astella Pharma, a Japanese pharmaceutical company: $28,500

  • $2,250 to Senator Patricia Farley (R)
  • $2,000 to Assemblyman James Oscarson
  • $1,750 to Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford (D)
  • $1,750 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson
  • $1,500 to Senator Becky Harris (R)
  • $1,500 to Senator James Settelmeyer (R)
  • $1,500 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer
  • $1,500 to Senator Joe Hardy
  • $1,500 to Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson
  • $1,250 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams
  • $1,000 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson
  • $1,000 to Assemblyman Nelson Araujo
  • $1,000 to Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson
  • $750 to Assemblywoman Dina Neal
  • $750 to Assemblyman Chris Edwards
  • $750 to Assemblyman Elliot Anderson
  • $750 to Assemblyman John Ellison
  • $750 to Assemblyman John Hambrick
  • $750 to Senator Mark Manendo
  • $750 to Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson
  • $750 to Senator Mo Denis
  • $750 to Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz
  • $750 to Senator Pat Spearman
  • $750 to Senator Scott Hammond
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel
  • $500 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle

Pfizer, an American global pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City: $26,250

  • $2,750 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $2,500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $1,500 to Senator James Settelmeyer (R)
  • $1,500 to Assemblyman Paul Anderson (R)
  • $1,250 to Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D)
  • $1,250 to Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)
  • $1000 to Assemblywoman Dina Neal (D)
  • $1,000 to Assemblyman James Ohrenschall (D)
  • $1,000 to Assemblyman James Oscarson
  • $1,000 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Mark Manendo (D)
  • $1,000 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)
  • $750 to Senator Becky Harris (R)
  • $750 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $750 to Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D)
  • $750 to Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D)
  • $750 to Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (D)
  • $750 to Senator Patricia Farley (I)
  • $500 to Assemblyman Al Kramer (R)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R)
  • $500 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R)
  • $500 to Assemblyman John Ellison (R)
  • $500 to Assemblyman Nelson Araujo (D)
  • $500 to Senator Pat Spearman (D)
  • $500 to Assemblyman Steve Yeager (D)

Amgen, a multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA: $12,250

  • $1,000 to Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R)
  • $1,000 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Joe Hardy (R)
  • $1,000 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Pat Spearman (R)
  • $750 to Assemblywoman Amber Joiner (D)
  • $750 to Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R)
  • $750 to Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D)
  • $750 to Senator Julia Ratti (D)
  • $750 to Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D)
  • $500 to Senator Heidi Gansert (R)
  • $500 to Assemblyman James Ohrenschall (D)
  • $500 to Senator James Settelmeyer (R)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (D)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R)

Eli Lilly and Company, an American pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis: $8,000

  • $4,000 to Assemblyman Paul Anderson (R)
  • $4,000 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R)

Bristol-Myers Squibb, an American pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City: $5,000

  • $1,500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $1,000 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $500 to Assemblyman Paul Anderson (R)
  • $500 to Senator Michael Roberson (R)
  • $500 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $500 to Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams D)

Mallinckrodt, a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in Staines-upon-Thames, England: $4,500

  • $1,500 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $1,500 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $1,500 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D)

AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Cambridge, England: $3,000

  • $500 to Assemblyman Paul Anderson (R)
  • $500 to Senator Michael Roberson (R)
  • $500 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $500 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $500 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D)

Novartis, a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland: $2,100

  • $500 to Senator Aaron Ford
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams
  • $500 to Senator Kelvin Atkinson
  • $300 to Senator Michael Roberson
  • $300 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brentford, London: $800

  • $500 to Senator Becky Harris (R)
  • $300 to Senator Pat Spearman (D)

Sanofi, a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Gentilly, France: $2,500

  • $500 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)
  • $500 to Senator Aaron Ford (D)
  • $500 to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $500 to Senator Michael Roberson ®

Allergan, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin: $2,000

  • $500 to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D)
  • $500 to Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson (R)
  • $500 to Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R)
  • $500 to Assemblywoman Amber Joiner (D)

Sunovion, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts; its parent company is Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma of Japan: $1,000

  • $1,000 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and Asia headquartered in Osaka: $500

  • $500 to Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D)
INDY FAST FACTS Elliot Anderson Job: Assemblyman, District 15  Party: Democratic In current office: 2010-present Birthdate: November 15, 1982 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $465,293 (10/22/10-10/12/17) Top Donors: Elliot Anderson $20,020 Nevada State Education Association $15, 260 MGM Resorts $13,000 Nevada Realtors PAC $12,000 Las Vegas Sands Corp. $10,000
INDY FAST FACTS Joyce Woodhouse Job: State senator, District 5 Party: Democratic In current office: 2013 to present Birthdate: May 7, 1944 Education: Carroll College (B.A.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A. and M. Ed.) Public offices held: State senator (2006-2009) Total Donations: $1,398,466 (7/24/09-12/31/17) Top Donors: MGM Resorts International $54,000 Citizens for Justice Trust $32,000 Clark County Education Association $32,000 Committee to Elect Mo Denis $20,000 Boyd Gaming $17,500
INDY FAST FACTS Chris Edwards Job: Assemblyman, District 19 Party: Republican In current office: 2014 to present Birth year: 1965 Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A.) George Washington University (M.P.A.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $293,047 (11/01/13-12/27/17) Top Donors: Chris Edwards $79,000 Las Vegas Sands Corp $22,500 Keystone Corp $10,000 Nevada Realtor PAC $7,500 RAN Retail Association of Nevada $7,000
INDY FAST FACTS Heidi Gansert Job: State senator, District 15 Party: Republican In current office: 2016-present Birthdate: June 3, 1963 Education: Santa Clara University (B.S.) University of Nevada, Reno (M.B.A.) Other public offices held:  Assemblywoman, District 25 (2004-2010) Total donations:  $774,888 (8/18/15-12/20/17) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands Corp $30,000 Wynn Resorts $23,500 Keystone Corp $15,000 Senate Republican Leadership Conference $10,000 Morning in Nevada PAC $10,000
INDY FAST FACTS Mike Sprinkle Job: Assemblyman, District 30 Party: Democrat In current office: 2012-present *Assembly majority whip since 2017 Birthdate: September 12, 1968 Education: Loyola Marymount University (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Top donations: $368,105 (8/27/12-10/4/16) Top donors: Assembly Democratic Caucus $14,400 Citizens for Justice Trust $13,750 Realtors PAC $12,000 MGM Resorts International $12,057 NSEA $10,000
INDY FAST FACTS Nicole Cannizzaro Job: State senator, District 6 Party: Democratic In current office: 2016-present Birthdate: January 19, 1983 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $716,456 (8/17/15-12/31/17) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $45,000 Tom Steyer $30,000 Laborers for Solid State Leadership PAC 872 $20,000 Citizens for Justice Trust $15,000 Eglet Law Group $10,901
INDY FAST FACTS Mo Denis Job: State senator, District 2 Party: Democratic In current office: 2010-present Birthdate: Aug. 9, 1961 Education: Brigham Young University (B.A.) Public offices held: Assemblyman (2004-2010) Total Donations: $656,300 (1/4/11-12/21/17) Newmont Mining Corp. $20,000 Wynn Resorts $18,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $17,000 MGM Resorts International $16,269 Lewis & Roca $14,500
INDY FAST FACTS Nelson Araujo Job: Assemblyman, District 3 Party: Democratic In current office: 2015-present Assistant majority floor leader, 2017 Birthdate: October 24, 1987 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A. and M.P.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $363,384 (1/28/14-12/31/17) Top donors: Campaign Committee for Jason M. Frierson $11,000 Citizens for Justice $11,000 MGM Resorts International $11,000 Nevada Realtors PAC $11,000 LVPPAM Inc PAC $10,000
INDY FAST FACTS Michael Roberson Job: State senate minority leader Party: Republican In current office: 2010-present Senate Republican leader since 2015 Birthdate: June 20, 1970 Education: University of Kansas (B.S.) University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,692,296 (5/28/10-12/29/17) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $55,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $47,500 Boyd Gaming $35,000 MGM Resorts International $25,000 Wynn Resorts $22,000
INDY FAST FACTS Scott Hammond Job: State senator, District 18 Party: Republican In current office: 2012-present Birthdate:  December 20, 1966 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A., M.A.) Other public offices held: Assemblyman, District 13 (2010-2012) Total donations: $804,734 (2011-2017) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $30,000 MGM Resorts International $20,000 New Nevada PAC $15,000 Boyd Gaming $14,000 Nevada Subcontractors Assn PAC $12,500 Station Casinos $12,500
INDY FAST FACTS Jason Frierson Job: State Assembly Speaker Party: Democrat In current office: 2010-2014; 2016-present *Assembly Speaker since 2017 Birthdate: March 19, 1970 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,470,404 (10/26/09 - 12/31/17) Top donors: MGM Resorts $43,035 Nevada Realtors PAC $31,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $30,250 Southwest Gas $30,000 Boyd Gaming $29,500
INDY FAST FACTS Aaron Ford Job: State Senate Majority Leader Party: Democrat In current office: 2012-present *Senate Democratic Leader since 2015 Birthdate: May 24, 1972 Education: Texas A&M University (B.A.) George Washington University (M.A.) Ohio State University (M.A., J.D., Ph.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,740,836 (1/01/10 - 12/31/17) Top donors: Station Casinos $30,000 MGM Resorts International $28,500 Boyd Gaming $20,500 Nevada State Education Association $20,032 Citizens for Justice Trust $18,000 Caesars Entertainment $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Jim Wheeler Job: State Assembly Minority Leader Party: Republican In current office: 2012-present *Assembly Republican Leader since 2017 Birthday: November 8, 1953 Education: Attended Pierce College Attended University of Southern California Other public offices held: None Total donations: $266,771 (3/1/2010-12/29/2017) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $12,500 Thomas Starrett $12,400 Grand Sierra Resort and Casino $7,500 MGM Resorts International $7,500 Nevada Realtors PAC $7,000
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