Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
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$1,302,655 to winners, $217,100 to losers
Amgen is a pharmaceutical company that manufactures, researches and develops medicine. William K. Bowes Jr. and Franklin P. Johnson Jr. were two of the men who founded the Thousand Oaks-based company in 1980. Amgen employs 17,000 people in seven states and more than a dozen countries. It spent more than $4.5 million on Propositions 78 and 79 in 2005. Both propositions aimed to create a discount prescription drug program, but Amgen and other industry groups supported 78 and worked to defeat 79. Both measures failed.
Total contributions: $7,178,405
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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