Rick Perry's Drug Mandate Scandal- Press Release- Back to Basics PAC- July 20 2010

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For Immediate Release: July 20, 2010 Contact: Cliff Walker (512) 945-5956 press@backtobasicspac.org New Ad by Back to Basics PAC Details the Scandal Surrounding Perry¶s Controversial Vaccination Mandate (Austin, Texas) ± Today, Back to Basics PAC began airing a new, hard-hitting television commercial in media markets, both urban and rural, throughout the state. Perry¶s Rejected Executive Order Mandated Inoculation of All 6th Grade Girls The commercial detailshow Governor Rick Perry put the financial considerations of his ³big business special interest cronies´ before the rights of Texas parents and the wellbeing of Texas children. It does so by drawing a clear financial connection between a drug giant Merck & Co. (maker of the dangerous and withdrawn drug, Vioxx),top Austin lobbyist Mike Toomey, and Rick Perry¶s own campaign. Perry¶s campaign received a campaign contribution from the drug giant, Merck& Co.,which manufactures a controversial drug named Gardisil, a vaccine against the sexually-transmitted disease known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), on the same day his top aide participated in a briefing about the drug. Additionally, Mike Toomey, a former Perry chief of staff-turned-millionaire lobbyist, was paid anywhere from $260,000 to $525,000 by Merck to lobby his former boss and key conservative legislators. Although a major independent review of the drug had not been completed, late on the Friday afternoon before Super Bowl Sunday, without any input from parents or legislators, Perry rushed Executive Order-RP65, which mandates ³vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade.´ Parents were outraged, so the Legislature checked Perry¶s power and overturned his unilateral mandate, which would have added nearly $300 million to Perry¶s $18 billion present-day budget shortfall. Since the rejection of Perry¶s mandate, the drug has been associated with a number of serious adverse events following its use. A fully sourced dossieroutliningPerry¶s HPV scandal is available for review at www.BackToBasicsPAC.org/HPV. ###
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For Immediate Release: July 20, 2010 Contact: Cliff Walker (512) 945-5956 press@backtobasicspac.org

New Ad by Back to Basics PAC Details the Scandal Surrounding Perry¶s Controversial Vaccination Mandate
(Austin, Texas) ± Today, Back to Basics PAC began airing a new, hard-hitting television commercial in media markets, both urban and rural, throughout the state.

Perry¶s Rejected Executive Order Mandated Inoculation of All 6th Grade Girls

The commercial detailshow Governor Rick Perry put the fi
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For Immediate Release: July 20, 2010 Contact: Cliff Walker (512) 945-5956 press@backtobasicspac.org New Ad by Back to Basics PAC Details the Scandal Surrounding Perry¶s Controversial Vaccination Mandate (Austin, Texas) ± Today, Back to Basics PAC began airing a new, hard-hitting television commercial in media markets, both urban and rural, throughout the state. Perry¶s Rejected Executive Order Mandated Inoculation of All 6th Grade Girls The commercial detailshow Governor Rick Perry put the financial considerations of his ³big business special interest cronies´ before the rights of Texas parents and the wellbeing of Texas children. It does so by drawing a clear financial connection between a drug giant Merck & Co. (maker of the dangerous and withdrawn drug, Vioxx),top Austin lobbyist Mike Toomey, and Rick Perry¶s own campaign. Perry¶s campaign received a campaign contribution from the drug giant, Merck& Co.,which manufactures a controversial drug named Gardisil, a vaccine against the sexually-transmitted disease known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), on the same day his top aide participated in a briefing about the drug. Additionally, Mike Toomey, a former Perry chief of staff-turned-millionaire lobbyist, was paid anywhere from $260,000 to $525,000 by Merck to lobby his former boss and key conservative legislators. Although a major independent review of the drug had not been completed, late on the Friday afternoon before Super Bowl Sunday, without any input from parents or legislators, Perry rushed Executive Order-RP65, which mandates ³vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade.´ Parents were outraged, so the Legislature checked Perry¶s power and overturned his unilateral mandate, which would have added nearly $300 million to Perry¶s $18 billion present-day budget shortfall. Since the rejection of Perry¶s mandate, the drug has been associated with a number of serious adverse events following its use. A fully sourced dossieroutliningPerry¶s HPV scandal is available for review at www.BackToBasicsPAC.org/HPV. ###
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