Information revealed this week on how Mylan overcharged for its EpiPen opened the door for new attacks from a primary opponent of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D.), whose daughter is CEO of the pharmaceutical company.
A report released on Wednesday showed Mylan overcharged the government $1.27 billion after the company settled with the Department of Justice for just $465 million last year. Things worsened for Mylan when it was reported that a top executive was paid $98 million that same year.
Manchin’s Democratic primary opponent, Paula Jean, turned the latter report into a political attack against the West Virginia senator, who has taken $127,000 in campaign contributions from Mylan and urged his colleagues to be “open-minded and fair” when investigating the scandal.
“I will just leave this here,” Jean wrote linking to the CNN report. “You can ask my opponent about it.”
Read more here about Joe Manchin D-WV and his primary challenger. The net result is that Manchin wins the Primary, but will be vulnerable to the extreme in a state trump won by 42%. (70-28)
J.B. Pritzker, a Democratic candidate for governor in Illinois who was recently reported to have sought political office from former governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich, has donated millions to the political campaigns and causes of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Chicago Tribune first reported that Pritzker sought political office in 2008 from Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption charges stemming from soliciting bribes for political appointments after Barack Obama had won the presidency and left his Illinois Senate seat.
During one phone conversation, Pritzker said that he was not interested in taking over the vacated Senate seat, but rather expressed interest in becoming treasurer of the state, according to FBI wiretaps of phone conversations.
“Ooh, interesting,” Blagojevich said. “Let’s think about that. You interested in that?”
“Yeah,” Pritzker responded, “That’s the one I would want.”
Blagojevich asked Pritzker for a “significant campaign contributions” during one of the conversations. Blagojevich also informed Pritzker at the time that a spot for attorney general could possibly become available.
The beat continues for the democrats. Ouch. Read the rest of this latest scandal from Illinois.