A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases.
According to the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission, that’s a new yearly record, and there’s still one month of accounting left to do. Further, the group’s advertising expenses weren’t included, meaning the CHPA likely spent millions fighting the bill, which ultimately passed.
State Senator Tom Buford opposed the measure and has no problem with the spending.
“I would not want to restrict anyone’s ability to voice their opinion because I think you move into a dictatorship when you do that,” he says. “It really sounds an exorbitant of money when you look at it, but if you go to Washington D.C. they’re spending hundreds of millions.”