Update: I guess this is the clarifying press release: Baucus staffers say that the check was returned after it was received. The report filed with the Federal Election Commission below is from Schering-Plough, not Sen. Baucus. Schering-Plough, as a PAC, is required to file their reports electronically. Senators do not file their reports electronically and thus I couldn't access Sen. Baucus' report over the Internet, even though he filed it six days ago. So, nothing to see here, except another reason to support S. 482, the bill to make senators file these reports electronically.
This is from an article about Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus' prolific fundraising from health care organizations:
To avoid any appearance of favoritism, his aides say, Baucus quietly began refusing contributions from health-care political action committees after June 1. But the policy does not apply to lobbyists or corporate executives, who continued to make donations, disclosure records show.This is from the Federal Election Commission's records:
SCHERING - PLOUGH CORPORATION BETTER GOVERNMENT FUND 06/15/2009 5000.00 29934142146
What is Schering-Plough? Here's their explanation straight from their web site: "Schering-Plough is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care company." And what is Schering-Plough Corporation Better Government Fund? It's a Lobbyist/Registrant PAC.
Time for a clarifying press release.
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