In a recent commercial advertising his bid for U.S. Senate, Maryland Republican Michael S. Steele tells voters that his opponent, Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, has been tainted by contributions from pharmaceutical companies and special interests.
"Congressman Cardin took money from drug companies," Steele says. "I want to ban gifts from special interests."
The ad does not mention that less than a week before the commercial began airing, a top drug company executive and an industry lobbyist hosted a $1,000-a-person fundraiser for Steele at a K Street steakhouse in Washington.
The invitation to the fundraiser, obtained by The Washington Post, says the Sept. 20 lunch reception was to be hosted by Sally Walsh, a director of federal government relations at GlaxoSmithKline, and Michael Carozza, a lobbyist for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Monday, October 09, 2006
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