Tennessee politicians got $1.6 million from opioid industry in 10 years

Tennessee politicians got $1.6 million from opioid industry in 10 years

September 18th, 2016 by The Tennessean in Local Regional News

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, speaks to the Pachyderm Club at a lunch at the Hamilton County Republican Headquarters on Chestnut Street.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, speaks to the...

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee politicians received more than $1.6 million in campaign contributions over the past decade from pharmaceutical companies and other members of the Pain Care Forum, a coalition that meets monthly to discuss opioid-related issues. An investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity examined the industry's influence at statehouses around the nation. About $560,000 went to Tennessee state candidates and state political parties, and more than $1 million went to those running for federal office.

Since 2006, Tennessee legislators have introduced at least 41 bills that dealt with opioids, about half of which passed. Here are the top five current Tennessee lawmakers who received the industry money from 2006 through 2015, according to a Tennessean analysis of data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission.

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