REAL FRIENDS STAND BY WHEN IT COUNTS! – Bernie Sanders rejects donation from pharma corp that hiked AIDS drug price by 5,000%

(L-R) Bernie Sanders (© Reuters / Lucy Nicholson) and Martin Shkreli (© Facebook)
(L-R) Bernie Sanders (© Reuters / Lucy Nicholson) and Martin Shkreli (© Facebook)

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RTDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has rejected a campaign donation from Martin Shkreli, head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who recently sparked a furor after increasing the price of a drug for AIDS and cancer patients by nearly 5,000 percent.

Shkreli has repeatedly announced on Twitter that he plans to donate to Sanders campaign. On Thursday he confirmed to Statnews.com that he had granted $2,700 (the maximum individual donation) to the independent Vermont Senator September 28.

At first the 2016 contender kept the money. Shkreli said he received a letter where Sanders thanked him for the donation.

“Our political system is corrupt. Big Money controls much of what happens. Together, you and I are changing that. Thank you again for your support. Best, Bernie,” said the letter as cited by Statnews.com.

However, on Thursday the situation changed after Sanders’ campaign spokesman Michael Briggs announced that the senator wouldn’t keep the donation and instead the whole sum would be sent to Whitman-Walker health clinic in Washington, DC.

The decision to reject the donation coincided with the recent move of Turing Pharmaceuticals to increase the price of a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients by more than 50 times.

Bernie Sanders on TwitterSanders has repeatedly slammed “the greed” of pharmaceutical industry, calling it a “public health hazard” for the US and proposing to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. He also called upon Medicare, the US national social insurance program, to introduce lower drug prices.

The main rival for Hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential race, Sanders is also known for criticizing such issues as income inequality, poor healthcare, climate change and mass surveillance. The presidential candidate was a long-tome opponent of US campaign in Iraq and US foreign policy in general.

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