Pfizer Inc., New York, NY
$735,982 to winners, $200,000 to losers
Pfizer is a pharmaceutical giant, ranking No. 1 in sales worldwide. Pfizer’s main products are Lipitor (used to lower blood cholesterol), Lyrica (neuropathic pain drug), Zithromax (antibiotic), Viagra (used to treat erectile dysfunction) and Celebrex (anti-inflammatory drug). In 2009, Pfizer pleaded guilty to health care fraud and received the largest criminal penalty ever levied for illegal marketing of four of its drugs. The settlement was Pfizer’s fourth with the U.S. Department of Justice in the past 10 years.
Total contributions: $11,605,296
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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