Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, IN
$771,753 to winners, $149,998 to losers
Eli Lilly is a global pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis, with offices in 17 other countries. Founded in 1876 by its namesake, Eli Lilly, the company was one of the first to mass-produce penicillin. In 2005, Eli Lilly joined with several other pharmaceutical companies to support Proposition 78 and oppose Proposition 79. Eli Lilly donated $4.5 million to a committee supporting 78 and opposing 79. Each of the measures would have created a discount prescription drug program in the state. Voters rejected both measures.
Total contributions: $5,706,051
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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