Your Weekly Dose of Information – February 19, 2016

“Follow the Money Trail”

The RI General Assembly is off to a tumultuous start this year and Rhode Islanders are paying very close attention. This election year I suspect we will see several new candidates promising change. I have always felt if we take the time to “Follow the Money Trail” we will see a candidates true agenda. CNN’s article “Big Pharma’s Big Donations to 2016 Presidential Candidates”  is an eye opener! In 2015 Big Pharma had donated $951,018 to presidential candidates and that doesn’t include the money they had spent lobbying. Pfizer alone spent over $10 million in lobbyist efforts last year and Merck $7.5 million! It makes me wonder what our money trail might look like here in RI…Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. and Pfizer Inc. will spend thousands in their lobbyist efforts right here in RI this year.

I took some time and followed the money trail for the  Senate Bill S0381 introduced in 2015. There were 3 lobbyists working on behalf of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp, The Rhode Island Medical Society, and GlaxoSmithKline to introduce S0381. Does everyone remember this bill? This was the bill introduced by Senators Miller and Goldin to remove the religious exemption form. The RI Lobby Tracker site is a great resource for anyone interested in following the money trail. If you are interested researching campaign contributions in RI visit the Campaign Finance Electronic Reporting & Tracking System (ERTS)

This November before you vote for your candidate, do your research, follow the money trail,  ask the difficult questions and understand what your candidates true agenda is! Remember, they work for you!

~Shawna

Quick Reminder: 

Open Meeting – Legislative Hearing Preparation Monday February 22, 2016 

The bills have been introduced! Join us as we prepare testimony for the proposed legislation hearing happening towards the end of the month. (We will update you when we have a hearing date)

This hearing is our opportunity to speak up, have our voices heard, and make it known these mandates are not acceptable. Over the past several months there have been numerous heartfelt personal stories and multiple bills proposed not only in RI but around our country that are slowly taking our right to chose away. We have accomplished a lot in a short time but we need YOU and our legislators need to see and hear your stories.

If you are interested in providing testimony, or have a story you would like us to share please plan to attend this important meeting.

– Have you been turned away from your doctor because of your vaccine choices?
– Has your child been excluded from school due to vaccine choices?
– Has your child sustained a vaccine injury?
– Has your child been vaccinated without your knowing? If so which vaccines did they receive?

Please message us for meeting location.

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