In an industry known for backing Republicans, Sen. Barack Obama has emerged as a surprising pharma favorite in the US presidential election. In April, Obama won a mock election at the annual DTC national meeting, a drug advertising conference, with a 53% to 46% victory over Sen. John McCain. Drug companies have also put the money where their mouth is: Pharma has donated three times more to the Obama campaign than to McCain's. According to a linkurl:Bloomberg News report; citing data from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), pharma execs and employees have donated $450,094 to Obama, compared to $132,575 to McCain. CRP's Web site also lists linkurl:figures; for donations that include pharmaceutical companies and makers of medical devices and other health-related products: Obama is ranked as the top recipient of donations in that category with $848,001, while McCain is in fourth place (behind Clinton and Romney) with $347,375....
BloombergAugust 19: This blog has been updated from a previous version

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