Rep. Tom MacArthur doesn’t buy Andy Kim’s attacks over the former’s accepting donations from political action committees run by pharmaceutical companies, some of which are being sued by New Jersey government entities and others for their role in the opioid crisis.
“Let’s be clear. No company is allowed to contribute to a congressional campaign. My opponent might like to deceive people into thinking that’s true, but that’s against the law and he knows it,” MacArthur said. “So, I’m not accepting corporate donations from anybody. These are people who work for pharmaceutical companies, just like he accepts donations from people that work for public sector unions and accepts donations from people who make donations to other groups that he agrees with.”
Kim’s campaign said at the end of August that the second-term congressman has received $37,500 in PAC money from drug companies facing lawsuits for contributing to the opioid crisis.
Among those companies are Express Scripts and Johnson & Johnson. The former is facing a lawsuit in Texas for contributing to the opioid crisis, while the latter has been sued by Paterson over what the city claims were deceptive marketing practices that contributed to the state’s opioid crisis.
To MacArthur, the attacks are a deflection from issues that Kim would rather not face.
“To me, that’s just a smokescreen. I guess he’s trying to say to people that I’m a bad guy who doesn’t care about drug use. I spend much of my time in D.C. on this very issue, and the companies he’s attacking me about are employees of J&J, a good company with people right here in Jersey, Express Scripts, another large New Jersey employer. These are people in New Jersey that have chosen to support me, and he’s trying to make it look like I’m some heartless person who doesn’t care”
MacArthur co-chairs the bipartisan heroin task force.