Announced partnerships with CVS after pharmacy giant donated massive sums to Democrats
Andrew Stiles • April 6, 2021 2:15 pm
Some of the most prominent Democratic governors in the country have partnered with CVS Pharmacy to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to their constituents, raising questions about political corruption and bribery at the top levels of the Democratic Party.
Why did these governors—Gavin Newsom of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Ralph Northam of Virginia—choose CVS?
Campaign finance reports skillfully obtained and extensively reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon show that CVS donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party during the 2020 election cycle. CVS cofounder Stanley Goldstein, meanwhile, donated $3,000 to federal candidates—all Democrats—before retiring in 2006.
Why does it matter? According to CBS News: “Distributing vaccines is lucrative. Under federal guidelines, Publix, like any other private company, can charge Medicare $40 a shot to administer the vaccine.”
A journalistic analysis of the finance reports conclusively demonstrated that CVS donated $31,000 to Newsom’s campaign on Oct. 14, 2020, less than four months before the pharmacy announced a partnership with the California Department of Health. The pharmacy giant also donated $10,000 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the most influential Democrats in Congress, who just happens to represent a district in California.
The analysis also determined that CVS donated $12,000 to Northam between 2017 and 2018, and contributed $20,000 to the Commonwealth Victory Fund on Dec. 17, 2020, just weeks before Northam announced the vaccine partnership with the pharmacy. A subsequent Google search revealed that the Commonwealth Victory Fund is the primary fundraising arm of the Virginia General Assembly’s Democratic Caucus.
Additional analysis concluded that CVS donated a whopping $170,000 in 2020 to the Democratic Party in New York, the same state where Cuomo serves as governor. The corporation donated $10,000 to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, and gave an additional $10,000 to Schumer’s political action committee.
The CVS influence campaign did not stop there. The company sought to curry favor at the national level by