Oklahoma attorney general rejects donations from drugmakers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general is refusing all political donations from prescription drug manufacturers and distributors.
Attorney General Mike Hunter received $3,500 in donations from political action committees associated with drugmakers in July and August. He returned those donations last month.
“Given what we’re dealing with on the opioid oversupply issue, I felt that it was important to establish complete independence and separation from any drug manufacturer or distributor as a part of my campaign fundraising,” Hunter said.
Hunter has so far raised $390,920, according to his latest report.
“He did not think it was appropriate to accept campaign donations from any opioid manufacturer — even those not involved in the lawsuit,” said Robyn Matthews, Hunter’s campaign manager. “Mike Hunter will always do the right thing.”
Hunter has prioritized fighting the opioid epidemic since he was appointed in February by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, The Oklahoman newspaper reported. Hunter plans to run for a full four-year term in 2018.
Hunter has helped create and leads the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.
Hunter is also suing several pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of fraudulent marketing claims.
He has urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue opioid manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com