The Tampa Bay Times reported on how much campaign money the incumbent took from the opioid industry while he co-sponsored a law that made it easier for the opioid industry to push pills. The incumbent’s financial ties to the opioid industry include taking campaign money from opioid industry companies that Florida’s Attorney General is suing for pushing poison pills into our communities.
“In 2014 Bilirakis received a total of $9,500 from drug companies who would later be named in Bondi's lawsuit according to Federal Election Commission filings. It was more than double what he ever received in a single year from those companies since taking office in 2006.
Then Bilirakis became one of six co-sponsors of the House version of the bill in February 2015, taking $14,500 from Bondi's defendants that year. He received $7,000 in both 2016 and 2017, and $2,000 so far this year from those companies, according to the election commission.
Beyond companies specifically named in Bondi's lawsuit, Bilirakis received $80,850 overall from the pharmaceutical/health products industry in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”