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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bay State pols speak out of both sides of their mouths - Boston Herald's "Pols & Politics"

A gift for doublespeak

By Dave Wedge / Pols & Politics
Sunday, May 17, 2009 -
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Senate President Therese Murray, Sen. Richard Moore and Sen. Mark Montigny have all tapped into their campaign accounts for gifts to supporters, including stuffed teddy bears, dinners, cigars and American Express gift cards.

But the trio was also the driving force behind a new law that bans pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts to doctors.

The pharmaceutical gift ban, signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick last year, prohibits drug makers from handing out swag to doctors, including gift cards, restaurant vouchers or even pens bearing a company logo. The senators argued that the gifts were a form of bribery. But campaign-financed gift-giving is a tried-and-true practice for all three solons.

Read my whole column here . . .

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