One Ohio Democrat just bolstered a popular theory that many people enter the politicking business to get rich.
According to the New York Post, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who represents one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis, has taken in a staggering pile of campaign cash from several powerful pharmaceutical distributors that were once under fire for being at the heart of the opioid crisis.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Brown has taken in $237,125 in campaign contributions through corporate PACs and lobbyists since the early 2000s.
All the while, record numbers of Ohioans are arriving at death's door because of opioids.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 5, 2023
The companies named in the report, Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen, have all been complicit in America's opioid crisis.
The Post pointed out that the companies "failed for more than a decade to track suspicious orders or increases in opioid use among purchasers, despite likely criminal activity from some physicians in overprescribing the drugs."
The outlet added:
Since 2003, Brown has raked in $143,000 from the companies through his campaign and leadership PACs, according to Federal Election Commission filings — including $85,000 from Cardinal Health, $56,500 from AmerisourceBergen and $1,500 from McKesson.
Unsurprisingly, Brown's campaign fired back in an attempt to claim that nobody has taken more action on the opioid crisis than Brown.
"No one has done more to fight the opioid crisis in Ohio than Sherrod Brown — holding drug companies accountable and getting Ohioans the care and treatment they need," said campaign manager Rachel Petri.
The Daily Wire pointed out alarming statistics regarding how hard the opioid crisis has hit the state.
Ohio had an estimated 5,068 deaths from drug overdoses in 2021, the fifth-highest in the nation, according to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System. The CDC reported 107,622 deaths from drug overdoses in 2021, the highest number on record, as The Daily Wire reported last year. The New York Times reported at the time that synthetic opioids accounted for 71,000 deaths.
Perhaps Ohio voters will take this news to heart when they go to vote next year.
Brown is currently planning to run for reelection in 2024, though he faces mounting political landscape challenges, given that the state has increasingly turned toward red in recent elections.
Only time will tell if Brown even makes it through the primaries, as his opponents will undoubtedly use this story as a justifiable political attack.