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Laura & John Arnold-Tied ‘Bipartisan’ Super PAC Has Only Attacked Republicans

Patients for Affordable Drugs say they support both Republicans and Democrats, but their latest expenditure report tells a different story.

By NTK Staff | 07.16.2018 @3:00pm
Laura & John Arnold-Tied ‘Bipartisan’ Super PAC Has Only Attacked Republicans

A super PAC claiming the mantle of bipartisanship appears to only be spending money against Republicans, according to a recent Federal Election Commission disclosure filed Sunday.

Patients for Affordable Drugs Action spent $1.475 million in Q2 on a television ad buy attacking U.S. Senate candidate and Republican Bob Hugin of New Jersey. The money was paid to GMMB, a Democrat ad agency with close ties to President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and liberal groups like the League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood.

To make matters swampier, the founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs Action, David Mitchell, was formerly a founding partner at GMMB.

Meanwhile, all of the super PAC’s money came from the Action Now Initiative, a 501(c)(4) founded by Laura and John Arnold, billionaires who live in Houston.

The Arnolds’ decision to go after Hugin could undercut the squeaky-clean image they’ve tried to cultivate in the press. Hugin is challenging Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), an ethics-plagued Democrat who spent most of 2017 facing corruption charges for allegedly performing “official acts” on a Florida doctor’s behalf in exchange for money and gifts. The trial ended late last year when the jury remained deadlocked.

According to a recent NBC News report, Patients for Affordable Drugs claim they “support candidates from both sides of the aisle,” citing an April press release from the group’s independent expenditure arm, Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW, in support of a West Virginia Republican, David McKinley.

Still, the Arnolds’ super PAC has only spent money attacking Republicans thus far. It bears watching whether John Arnold, a hedge fund manager, and his wife Laura, continue their close association with Democrats and their policies.

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