Mitch McConnell’s Staffer Caught Helping Vaccine Companies Avoid Transparency

Mitch McConnell's Staffer Caught Helping Vaccine Companies Avoid Transparency

( – Congress is working to pass new legislation to strengthen whistleblower protections and affirm patents on COVID-19 vaccinations. Amendments to the False Claims Amendments Act of 2021 would help vaccine companies avoid transparency and defend their government-supported profits. According to an exclusive report in The National Pulse, Pfizer hired DC-based Marshall & Popp to protect their interests. In turn, the lobbying firm hired former policy director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Hazen Marshall.

Proponents of the legislation say if the whistleblower amendment passes, it will make the process easier to hold companies accountable for corporate fraud. The amendment would strengthen protections, including language prohibiting blacklisting and other forms of retaliation against whistleblowers.

In 2009, Pfizer paid billions of dollars in a fraud settlement over a falsely peddled product claiming to relieve surgical pain despite only being approved for arthritis and menstrual cramps. In 2020, the massive pharmaceutical company agreed to a $1.95 billion deal with the government to produce 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The lobbying firm also recruited Marshall to ensure legislation didn’t pass to waive vaccine patents vital to a company’s profits.

The former policy director to the Senate Minority Leader is in a powerful position to influence legislation. Lobbying is about three things: leveraging relationships, educating lawmakers and influencing legislation in favor of corporations. Marshall’s influence could help big pharma gain more leverage and power in the halls of Congress.

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