REVEALED: Pfizer Lobbying Hits Decade High as DOZENS of High-Profile Political Appointees Become Big Pharma Reps.

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    Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent vaccine rollout, pharmaceutical giants including Pfizer and Moderna have substantially increased their lobbying efforts, a National Pulse investigation has revealed.

    The lobbying apparatuses at both vaccine-reliant companies – in terms of the number of lobbyists hired and the overall budget deployed to influence government officials – have seen dramatic increases since 2019.

    The news comes one day after hidden camera footage revealed a Pfizer scientist admitting: “Basically, our organization is run on COVID money now.”

    Many of the new Big Pharma hires have come from consulting firms with deep and historical links to the current White House, and President Joe Biden himself.

    The sheer number of political operatives who have recently gone on to work for Big Pharma, from both Democrat and Republican offices is staggering. Now, it’s their constitutional right to lobby, but Moderna and Pfizer know they are buying clout.

    The National Pulse, under our friend Raheem Kassam, has assembled a list of those declared by Pfizer and Moderna alone. The list includes their previous jobs or affiliations. Of the 83 listed, many come from high level backgrounds such as the White House, presidential candidates, the Speaker of the House’s office, and a number of congressional offices. Great work, guys. Visit their site for the latest in conservative news.


    Pfizer.

    1. Justin McCarthy, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs under President George W. Bush
    2. Brian Arthur Pomper, Chief International Trade Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
    3. Bill Morley, General Counsel to Senator Arlen Specter
    4. Remy Brim, Senior Health Policy Advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren
    5. Mark Mioduski, Democratic Clerk for the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives
    6. Brian Griffin, Senior Leadership Advisor and Floor Policy Director for Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Senator Byron Dorgan
    7. Ben Howard, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs under President Donald Trump
    8. Kate Keating, Chief of Staff to Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Congressman Joseph Crowley
    9. David Schiappa, Secretary to Senate Republican Leaders
    10. Lavita Legrys, Director at the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama
    11. Mike Mckay, Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Gregory Meeks
    12. Cristina Antelo, Legal Fellow with the Senate Democratic Steering Committee
    13. Tom Davis, former Congressman
    14. Michael Werner, Policy Advisor to Senate Democrats Policy Committee
    15. Daniel Elling, Staff Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means
    16. Cookab Hashemi, Chief of Staff to Representative Raul Ruiz and Representative Jackie Speier
    17. Robert Holifield, Staff Director of the Senate Agriculture Committee
    18. Hannah Smith, Legislative Correspondent to Senator Blanche Lincoln
    19. Blanche Lincoln, Former Senator and Congresswoman
    20. Colin Roskey, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Trump
    21. Thomas Scully, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Bush.
    22. Brian Diffell, Legislative Director to Senator Roy Blunt
    23. Kelli Briggs, Chief of Staff to Representative Pat Tiberi
    24. Anne Wilson, Legislative Director to Representative Anna G. Eshoo
    25. Peter Wallace, Legislative Correspondent to Representative Ric Keller
    26. Katharine Hayes, Legislative Correspondent to Representative Mark Schauer
    27. Akshai Datta, Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Ami Bera
    28. Darrel Thompson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental and External Affairs to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    29. Shanti Ochs Stanton, Floor Assistant to the Democratic Leaders Office
    30. Natalie Farr, Chief of Staff to Senator Cory Gardner
    31. Steven Elmendorf, Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt
    32. Steven Irizarry, Senior Counsel for Senate Special Committee on Aging
    33. Stephen Northrup, Health Policy Advisor to Senator Michael Enzi
    34. Jennifer Swenson, Deputy Legislative Director to Senator Pat Roberts
    35. Catherine Robinson, Law Clerk on the Committee on Ways and Means
    36. Emily Mueller, Deputy Legislative Director to Senator Pat Roberts
    37. Stephen Claeys, Trade Counsel on the Committee on Ways and Means
    38. Paula Burg, Director and Senior Advisor for Health and Entitlements on the Senate Budget Committee
    39. Elissa Alben, Senior Counsel for International Trade and Competitiveness on the Senate Committee on Finance
    40. Karissa Willhite, Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Robert Menendez
    41. Gordon Taylor, Chief of Staff to Representative Chris John
    42. Tucker Shumack, Tax and Finance Counsel to Senator Olympia Snowe
    43. Todd Novascone, Chief of Staff to Senator Jerry Moran
    44. Jerome Murray, Chief of Staff to Representative Stacey Plaskett
    45. Moses Mercado, Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Richard Gephardt
    46. Tim McGivern, Chief of Staff to Senator Jim Brownback
    47. Chris Giblin, Chief of Staff to Representative John Carter
    48. Tony Bullock, Chief of Staff to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    49. Dee Buchanan, Chief of Staff to House Republican Conference
    50. Dean Aguillen, Advisor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    51. Eden Shiferaw, Representative Marcia Fudge
    52. Jane Loewenson, Senior Health Policy Advisor to Democratic Leader Tom Daschle
    53. Andrea LaRue, Counsel to Democratic Leader Tom Daschle
    54. Brady King, Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Kendra S. Horn
    55. Joshua Fay Hurvitz, Legislative Director to Representative Anthony D. Weiner
    56. Lisa German Foster, Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Jack Reed
    57. Irene Bueno, Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton in the Domestic Policy Council and Chief of Staff’s Office
    58. Ashley Gunn,  Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs to President Trump
    59. Monica Popp, Chief of Staff to Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn
    60. Hazen Marshall, Policy Director to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
    61. Christopher Wilcox, Staff Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    62. Marti Thomas, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under President Clinton
    63. Karina Lynch, Legislative Director to Representative Scott McInnis
    64. Cheryl Jager, Senior Health Policy Advisor for House Republican Leadership
    65. Matthew Hoekstra, Legislative Director for Senator Ben Lujan
    66. Susan Hirschmann, Chief of Staff to Representative Van Hilleary
    67. Christopher Hatcher, Legislative Director to Representative Scott McInnis
    68. Ann Marie Buerkle, Congresswoman
    69. Shimon Stein, Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader/Republican Whip
    70. Kristi Remington, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice under President Obama
    71. Malloy McDaniel, Policy Advisor to Senator Mitch McConnell
    72. Craig Kalkut, Chief Counsel of Senate Antitrust Subcommittee
    73. Ashley Davis, Special Assistant to Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge under President Bush
    74. Greg Nickerson, Tax Counsel to Representative Bill Thomas

    Moderna.

    1. Darren Willcox, Assistant to Speaker Dennis Hastert for Health Policy
    2. Erin Strawn, Legislative Associate to Representative Joe Cunningham
    3. Valerie Henry, Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Greg Walden
    4. James Derderian, Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    5. Carmencita Whonder, Advisor on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to Senator Chuck Schumer
    6. Marc Lampkin, General Counsel for the House Republican Conference
    7. Araceli Gutierrez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellow
    8. Emily Felder, Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee
    9. Nadeam Elshami, Chief of Staff to Representative Nancy Pelosi