September 29, 2022

Lilly donates thousands of dollars to political candidates amid abortion debate; where a lot of things have gone might surprise you – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) As Eli Lilly and Co. Condemns Indiana’s Near-Total Abortion Ban, I-Team 8 Discovers the Pharmaceutical Giant’s Political Action Committee Donated Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Lawmakers and Others heads of state who supported the law.

The law, which prohibits abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, was passed by the House and the Senate before being signed Friday evening by Governor Eric Holcomb.

On Saturday morning, Lilly had issued a statement criticizing heads of state, saying, “Indiana chose to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States.”

Lilly went on to say that the law could make it more difficult to hire new workers in Indiana, and that “given this new law, we will be forced to plan for greater job growth outside of our State of origin”.

An I-Team 8 review of publicly available campaign finance records found that Lilly’s political action committee donated to the campaigns of more than a dozen state lawmakers who supported the ban.

I-Team 8 has reviewed donations to candidates for state office since January 1, 2019.

I-Team 8 discovered that around this time, LillyPAC donated $87,500 to state lawmakers who voted on the final version of Senate Bill 1 (Special Session).

More than $50,000 of those donations went to 16 state lawmakers, all Republicans, who voted to ban abortion in the House and Senate.

Included in these donations: $17,000 to House Speaker Todd Huston, a Fishers Republican, and $15,000 to Senate Speaker Pro Tem Rodric Bray, a Republican from Martinsville. They led the House and the Senate in the debates of the special session.

“Voters have the opportunity to vote, and if they are unhappy, they will have that opportunity both in November and in years to come,” Huston said after Friday’s vote. “You come here and you make the best decisions you believe for public policy.”

LillyPAC also donated $37,000 to 20 state lawmakers who voted against the abortion ban: 15 Democrats and five Republicans.

I-Team 8 also discovered that LillyPAC donated $31,000 to the Republican governor’s campaign in the same time frame.

One of the donations, $5,000, was dated June 30, 2022, after the Supreme Court ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned abortion rights, and after Holcomb and legislative leaders delayed the special session to allow lawmakers to consider an abortion. to forbid.

In a statement to I-Team 8, Lilly said the PAC “helps candidates – regardless of party affiliation – who understand the value of a vibrant pharmaceutical ecosystem and support innovation-friendly policies to meet unmet patient needs”.

“Our candidate selection criteria are frequently reviewed by our employee board of directors to ensure they align with our company mission,” wrote Tarsis Lopez, associate vice president of global communications at Lilly. . “While it’s not uncommon for us to disagree on certain issues with lawmakers, our criteria serve as an important guide to ensure that our contributions help us deliver on our promises to patients.”

I-Team 8 also found $10,000 donations to the Indiana Republican State Committee.

The party platform, approved in 2018, stated: We believe in the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, and that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee that no one shall “be deprived of life , liberty, or property” deliberately echoes the proclamation made in the Declaration of Independence that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we affirm the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.

Lilly’s criticism of the state’s new abortion ban came just months after Chief Executive Dave Ricks called out state leaders, saying Indiana was falling short of the bill. challenge of the new economy.

“Our education level in the state is not good,” Ricks told the Economic Club of Indiana in April. “I think the ability to reskill the workforce could improve. Overall health, life and inclusion, I think, conditions rank poorly nationally in our state. And the preparation of the workforce, also linked to retraining, is a handicap for us.

Donations Lilly PAC

January 1, 2019 to present

Vote “yes” to the ban on abortion:

  • Representative Bradford Barrett: $1,000.
  • Representative Robert Behning: $1,000.
  • Representative Bob Cherry: $1,000.
  • Representative Bob Heaton: $1,000.
  • Representative Matt Lehman: $1,000.
  • Representative Mike Speedy: $1,000.
  • Representative Greg Steuerwald: $1,000.
  • Representative Jerry Torr: $1,000.
  • Representative Todd Huston: $17,000.
  • Senator Rodrick Bray: $15,000.
  • Senator Justin Busch: $1,000.
  • Senator Ed Charbonneau: $3,000.
  • Senator Michael Crider: $2,000.
  • Senator Travis Holdman: $1,000.
  • Senator Ryan Mishler: $2,000.
  • Senator Andy Zay: $1,000.

Vote NO to the abortion ban:

  • Representative Terri Austin: $1,000.
  • Representative Ed Clere: $500.
  • Representative Ed DeLaney: $1,000.
  • Representative Phil GiaQuinta: $6,000.
  • Representative Carey Hamilton: $1,000.
  • Representative Blake Johnson: $2,000.
  • Representative Justin Moed: $2,000.
  • Representative Greg Porter: $4,000.
  • Representative Cherrish Pryor: $3,000.
  • Representative Tom Saunders: $500.
  • Representative Robin Shackleford: $4,000.
  • Representative Vanessa Summers: $2,500.
  • Senator Ron Alting: $1,000.
  • Senator Vaneta Becker: $1,000.
  • Senator Jean Breaux: $3,000.
  • Senator JD Ford: $1,000.
  • Senator Tim Lanane: $1,000.
  • Senator Eddie Melton: $1,000.
  • Senator Greg Taylor: $1,000.
  • Senator Kyle Walker: $500.

Do not vote on the final version of SB 1:

  • Senator Mark Messmer: $6,000.