U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, reported owning stock in three different COVID-19 vaccine makers during 2020, according to financial disclosures she submitted on August 13.
Greene, who has been critical of vaccine mandates since the start of the pandemic and last month told a town hall she was not vaccinated, held the investments in the companies as Congress was determining how best to manage pandemic relief efforts. Trillions of dollars were funneled into COVID relief bills in 2020 and 2021, including several billion to help drug companies develop, produce and distribute vaccines.
Greene owns stock in Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. According to the disclosure filed in August, her income from her stock in each of the three companies was between $201-$1,000.
Her assets in AstraZeneca are valued between $1,001-$15,000, while her assets in Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are each valued between $15,001-$50,000, according to the disclosure.
Jennifer Strahan, a Georgia businesswoman who announced her plans to run against Greene in the Republican primary in October, was among the first to draw attention to Greene's investments in a Twitter poll posted earlier this week. She asked readers to choose which of three vaccine companies Greene owns stock in, then left an option for "all of the above."
"Our district deserves someone who is honest and practices what they preach. I know I am not the only one who is surprised to find Rep. Greene owns stock in three of the four major vaccine manufacturing companies despite her open disdain for the vaccine," Strahan said in a statement to the Times Free Press on Friday. "She simply is not who she tells Georgians she is, and this is just the latest example."
Nick Dyer, Greene's spokesperson, did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Friday from the Times Free Press. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Greene does not handle her own investments. They are instead managed by a third-party financial adviser.
Greene told a telephone town hall last month that she's not vaccinated.
"I haven't been making it public, but I started making it public because it's such an issue. I'm not vaccinated," she said, according to CNN. "I believe it's up to every single American to make that choice on their own, and the government has no business to tell Americans that they should take the COVID vaccine or not."
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