Who is paying for Issue 2? Millions raised for and against Ohio Drug Price Relief Act

Updated: Aug. 8, 2017 at 11:29 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - By the time voters decide the fate of Issue 2, effecting the states ability to buy prescriptions, in November the two sides will have spent millions.

Those who are against the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act so far have raised about $10 million more than one foundation that is mainly campaigning for Issue 2 in Ohio.

In Ohio it's required for all campaigns to file reports to the Secretary of State on how much money has been taken in and spent. The latest report needed to be filed by the end of July and it's clear this issue will be the most expensive campaign on the ballot.

The group tying to get the issue passed is calling themselves "Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices."

According to their latest campaign finance report there's one group backing the issue. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) which is based in California. So far that group has raised $6,226,264 for the campaign according to all reports filed since the end of July.  AHF is a global non-profit that focuses on AIDS testing, treatment and research.

The group trying to defeat Issue 2 is known as "Ohioans Against Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue." It's only backer, contributing all of the money so far is a company called The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). According to the latest filings they have raised $16,234,394. PhRMA is a trade group that represents major pharmaceutical companies, and routinely gets involved in public policy issues like Issue 2.

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