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Dark Money Liberal Group Continues Targeting Republicans

Patients for Affordable Drugs just launched a new attack ad, this one against Republican Bruce Poliquin.

By NTK Staff | 09.20.2018 @4:15pm
Dark Money Liberal Group Continues Targeting Republicans

The dark money group Patients for Affordable Drugs, funded almost entirely by former Enron executive and liberal billionaire John Arnold and his wife Laura, wants voters to think it’s a bipartisan effort focused on the cost of prescription drugs.

But, as the group’s public efforts make clear, their top priorities are attacking Republicans and boosting Democrats.

Patients for Affordable Drugs Action, the super PAC arm of the group, first made a splash in July when it ran ads attacking the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, Bob Hugin.

They followed with an ad supporting liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the Democrat incumbent running for reelection in Missouri. Ironically, the group overlooked McCaskill’s deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry when they made their ad.

The group did announce it was backing one Republican, Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia. It just so happens that Patients for Affordable Drugs is engaged in backing Democrats in very competitive races, whereas McKinley represents an R+19 district, according to the Cook Political Report.

In other words, McKinely’s seat is safe, but the Democrats backed by Patients for Affordable Drugs are vulnerable.

The group added another Republican to its target list Thursday: Maine’s Bruce Poliquin. Poliquin represents Maine’s Second Congressional District, which Cook rates as an R+2 district, meaning it’s a very competitive seat for Republicans and Democrats. Poliquin has represented Maine in Congress since 2015.

President and founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, David Mitchell, tweeted Thursday morning that his group “goes to work against” Poliquin today. Mitchell founded the Democrat advertising firm GMMB, which worked closely with President Barack Obama’s political campaigns, as well as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 effort.

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