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New Democratic Front Group Funded by Houston Billionaires Will Spend to Elect Democrats in 2018

The group calls themselves Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW, and announced it will spend over $1 million making drug pricing a central issue in 2018 races.

By NTK Staff | 03.12.2018 @11:00am
New Democratic Front Group Funded by Houston Billionaires Will Spend to Elect Democrats in 2018

Houston billionaires Laura and John Arnold have long been active in using their vast fortune trying to affect various contentious issues. Now, the couple has moved into blatantly political territory typically reserved for the big-name donors of the world.

As reported in RedState, the couple has funded a Democratic front group to attack and support candidates in 2018 over the issue of prescription drug prices.

Their latest play is a Democratic front group called Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW that plans to spend millions on congressional campaigns this year to help Democrats regain control of Congress. Their donations represent some of the Arnolds most overly partisan activity to date and should finally invite the kind of scrutiny reserved for Soros, Mercer and the Kochs – scrutiny the Arnolds have largely avoided.

The group calls themselves Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW, and announced it will spend over $1 million making drug pricing a central issue in 2018 races. The founder of the group and most of the senior staff has deep ties to Clinton, Obama, and the Democratic Party grassroots.

The founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW, David Mitchell, helped start GMMB, Hillary Clinton’s advertising agency and one of the Democratic Party’s biggest media firms. They did ads for Clinton in 2016, Obama in 2008 and 2012 and represent dozens Democratic congressional candidates. Other members of the Patients for Affordable Drugs team include Hillary Clinton’s grassroots director in Ohio, a former political director for Bill Clinton and a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services under Obama.

The Arnolds have given as much as $1 billion to various causes over the years. But their new effort on drug prices represents the first time they have gone in such an overtly political direction.

The Arnolds have given roughly $1 billion to various causes over the years, according to disclosures on their own website. Their past giving has not been as overtly political as Soros or the Koch brothers, but that is changing. And their web of influence is almost as vast as those shadowy billionaires who have become emblems of how crooked our politics have become. It’s time they faced some of the same questions about the roots of their secretive meddling.

With their growing influence over politics, the couple is likely to face increasing scrutiny in media in 2018 and beyond.

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