Pharma Lobbyist, Billionaire Donate To Defense Fund For Senator Richard Burr

Facing an insider-trading investigation from the Department of Justice, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) raised money for his defense fund from private-industry donors, including a Purdue Pharma lobbyist and billionaire Jimmy Haslam, according to disclosures filed with the secretary of the senate.  

Burr had come under scrutiny for stock-trades he made at the outset of the pandemic. The Department of Justice closed its investigation without filing charges in January.  

Along with his wife Dee, Haslam donated $10,000 in April. Burt Rosen, a longtime lobbyist for opiod giant Purdue Pharma who’s launched his own firm and is repping other pharmaceuticals, contributed $2,500 in May.  

Three executives at investment firms handed over a total of $22,500 to the defense fund for Burr,…

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