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Minnesota Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Deny Pfizer & Other Criminals Federal Funding

Via Pharmalot:

Congresswoman: Deny Pfizer Any Federal Funding

By Ed Silverman // October 19th, 2009 // 5:24 pm


Now that Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion for illegally marketing several drugs, including Bextra, Zyvox, Geodon and Lyrica, over several years, one Congresswoman wants to punish stop such behavior – at least among those that do business with the federal government (background is here).

And so Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, has introduced a bill that prohibits companies with a felony conviction from receiving any federal funding for five years after a conviction; prohibits corporate felons from making federal campaign contributions for five years, and limits the lobbying the corporation can do during that period to $1 million.

She calls her legislation the ACORN Act, or Against Corporations Organizing to Rip-off the Nation Act of 2009. Why? A significant target of recent Congressional action is the better-known ACORN, a non-profit that trains and advocates for poor and working-class Americans. Over the past 15 years, ACORN has received $53 million in federal funds. By contrast, Pfizer won $73 million in federal contracts in 2007, as The Nation notes, but has largely escaped Congressional wrath.

In her view, corporate felons rip-off taxpayers, shower contributions on congress and continue to cash in on federal contracts. So she wants to ‘defund corporate cooks.’ And she singles out Pfizer. In her bill, the section listing ‘Additional Definitions’ notes that any company “includes Pfizer, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. and any Pfizer-related affiliate.” And the bill specifically mentions any felony of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act as an example of a felony violation by a company. Hint, hint.

“Why are companies that break the law as a business strategy allowed to receive taxpayer funds?” McCollum tells the mag. “A government contract is a privilege, not a right. If a company commits a felony against the people of the United States, then that privilege must end.”

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Go Vote for Natural News in Four Blogger’s Choice Categories!

Please take a few minutes to go to the Blogger’s Choice awards and vote for Natural News. I’m proud to recommend this site to you because they have the best information on so many topics from cancer & depression to vaccines, swine flu, emergency preparedness, health care legislation, childbirth, breastfeeding and green living.

I nominated them for four categories:

Best Blog of All Time

Best Health Blog

Best Podcast

Best Video Blogger

In case you need evidence to support voting in these categories, I suggest visiting their site and looking at the current articles. Mike Adams’s Don’t Inject Me video even made it into the national news media. I have many friends into natural health and one practitioner in particular told me that she tells her staff, if I am ever unreachable, and you have a question, just go to Natural News and look it up. I can’t think of a better endorsement than that.

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GSK and KOL’s Monster Mash

Happy Early Halloween from Fiddy.

Awesome video please check it out.

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Kilker v. GSK Documents Available for Download

Sadly I have not had the chance to read all of these yet so I can’t tell you what’s in them but according to Fiddy it’s some pretty amazing stuff. I encourage you to download and read the documents in the Kilker v. GSK trial in which the jury found GSK guilty and ordered a $2.5 million verdict for the heart defect they caused that poor little boy.

Download here.

Filed under: antidepressants, drug "safety", mothers act, Paxil in pregnancy, Pregnancy, , , , , ,

Ron Paul’s Parental Consent Act of 2009: Contact Your Reps!

Please contact your Representative in Congress and ask them to sponsor H.R. 2218,  The Parental Consent Act of 2009.

Here is a link to the bill text:

Here is a great article by Dr. John Breeding explaining the background of the bill and the Bush Administration’s “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health” which Dr. Breeding appropriately coins the “No Freedom” commission.

To take action against specific Orwellian psychiatric programs included in recent versions of the Federal Health legislation, see this link:

Senate Nixes Public Disclosure of Revised Health Care Language – Take Action.

For more background on some of the bills now coming up in Congress to fulfill the goals of the “Freedom Commission” see:

Filed under: Barack Obama, Bush Family, Congress, Freedom Commission on Mental Health, The Future of The United States, , , , , , , , , , ,

Reports on Intra-Uterine Death, Umbilical Cord Problems; Preventing Infant Deaths

Please go here for updates on our MADNAP blog BREATH on ways to prevent threatened miscarriage and to reduce the chances of problems with umbilical cord abnormalities and placenta problems, and to reduce intra-uterine deaths.

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