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Bayer AG is a global holding company for a number of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemicals, healthcare, plastics and other materials subsidiaries. The company operates in the United States through the Bayer Corporation. Bayer, also referred to as the Bayer Group, operates in some 315 companies worldwide. It is one of the "Big 6" Biotech Corporations, along with BASF, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Syngenta, and Monsanto (so called because they dominate the agricultural input market -- that is, they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries). Bayer is in the leadership of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
- 1 Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
- 2 Lobbying
- 3 Political contributions
- 4 Overview & history (subsection)
- 5 Overview of products
- 6 Animal testing
- 7 Drug safety issues
- 8 Food safety issues
- 9 Annual Revenue
- 10 Personnel
- 11 Contact
- 12 Articles & sources
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Bayer has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and has been on ALEC's corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board. Sandy Oliver, who is VP of Public Policy and State Government Affairs at Bayer, was the Treasurer of that board. Bayer has been listed as the ALEC State corporate co-chair of Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas.
A list of ALEC Corporations can be found here.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
Joseph Cleary, the Director of State Government Affairs at Bayer, represents Bayer as the Massachusetts state chair alongside Rep. Nicholas A. Boldyga (R-3) and Rep. Harriett L. Stanley (D-2). Derek Naten, Director of Government Affairs at Bayer, represents Bayer as the Nevada state chair alongside Sen. Barbara Cegavske (R) and Sen. Dennis Nolan. Kevin Fuller, Senior Regional Manager of State Government Affairs at Bayer, represents Bayer as the Pennsylvania state chair alongside Rep. John R. Evans (R) . Craig Mischo, Senior Regional Manager of State Governmental Affairs at Bayer, represents Bayer as the South Dakota state chair alongside Sen. Deb Peters (R) and Rep. Valentine Rausch (R) . Gary Barrett, Senior Regional Manager of State Government Affairs at Bayer, represents Bayer as the Texas state chair alongside Rep. Charlie Howard (R), Rep. Jim Jackson (R) and Sen. Kel Seliger (R) .
It was a "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $50,000. Bayer was also a sponsor of the Louisiana Welcome Reception at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting.
Bayer AG spent $5.581 million on federal lobbying in 2013 and 25 of its 47 in-house lobbyists had previously held government jobs.
2013 Bayer Lobbying Data:
|Lobbying Firm||Amount Reported||Issues|
|Bayer Corporation||$4,940,000||H.R. 1150, the Federal Food and Drug Act, regarding antibiotics used in treatment of human and animal diseases; S. 10 and S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs, Act of 2013, regarding the National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) permits, endangered species and pollinators, and winter wheat cereals project; H.R. 935, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013, regarding NPDES permits; S. 175, bill to amend Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, regarding use of registered pesticides and NPDES permits; H.R. 933, appropriations bill, relating to pesticide fees (PRIA) and agriculture appropriations; H.R. 8, American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, related to extension of the Farm Bill; bee health and EPA regulatory actions regarding pollinator protection; biotech labeling; Farm Bill, regarding pesticide registrations under the Endangered Species Act; S. 553/H.R. 1125, Veterinary Loan Repayment Program, in support of legislation; H.R. 1407, Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013, regarding drug supply security; H.R. 1408, Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013; S. 622, Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013; FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, in support for national biodefense and agriculture facility funding; FDASIA, S. 3187 in 112th Congress, regarding implementation of FDA funding; medical device tax implementation; FY 2013 Presidents Budget regarding to pharmacy rebates and healthcare; H.R. 1947, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, related to NPDES permits, endangered species, biotechnology, winter wheat cereals project, and pollinators; S. 809, Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, provisions related to labeling; Combat Meth Epidemic Act of 2005 regarding electronic reporting and stop sale; Meth Lab Elimination Act of 2010 relating to pseudoephedrine; Counterfeit Prevention Act; various provisions of the omnibus Miscellaneous Tariff Bill; S. 959, the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act; FY 2014 Appropriations for FDA and HHS; S. 696 regarding chemical risks; S. 761 regarding energy savings in buildings; tax credit renewal; Medicare sustainable growth rate doc fix; H.R. 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act; H.R. 2692, Saving America's Pollinator Act of 2013, regarding suspension of pesticide registration; S. 553 and H.R. 1125, the Veterinary Loan Repayment Program, in support of legislation; S. 1256, Prevention Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013; H.R. 2708, regarding Harmonized Tariff Schedule; S. 1106, Sensible Accounting to Value Energy; S. 1020, All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013, pertaining to requirements to eliminate fossil fuels by 2030; H.R. 2725, Food and Drug Administration Safety Over Sequestration Act of 2013; Affordable Care Act implementation; S. 1871, SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Act of 2013, regarding transparency for CMS preventative maintenance directive for medical equipment; H.R. 3204, Drug Quality and Security Act, relating to drug distribution and safety and pharmacy drug compounding; H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, regarding intellectual property|
|Bergeson and Campbell||$18,000||Issues relating to the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill|
|Conrad Law and Policy Council||$60,000||Commercial building energy efficiency, including retention and expansion of IRC 179D, adding the SAVE Act to S. 1392|
|DLA Piper||$220,000||Building materials technology and standards policy; federal procurement issues; S. 1197, National Defense Authorization Act;|
|Sidley Austin||$160,000||Medicare reimbursement issues; diabetes care issues; 340B issues; educate federal agencies and congressional offices on Medicare program to maintain its December 2011 guidance on servicing hospital equipment|
|Williams and Jensen||$180,000||Drug safety and counterfeiting (track and trace), drug importation; 340B Program; authorized generics; prescription drug advertising; federal preemption for prescription drugs; implementation of Affordable Care Act; drug shortages; Medicare payments for diabetes testing strips; drug rebates for Medicare Part D; Independent Payment Advisory Board; House and Senate budget resolutions; Continuing Resolution Appropriations for FY 2013|
|Jeffrey J Kimbell & Associates (on behalf of Conceptus, Inc., which was purchased by Bayer in 2013)||$33,000||General healthcare issues; medical devices; issues related to FDA|
|D Squared Tax Strategies||$70,000||Research and energy efficiency tax credits|
|Conafay Group||$80,000||CMS proposed changes to Medical Device Service Standards and requirements|
2012 Bayer Lobbying Data:
|Lobbying Firm||Amount Reported||Issues|
|Bayer Corporation||$2,930,321||HR 872 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011; (Provisions related to NPDES permits.) Agriculture Appropriations (no bill number); (All provisions related to funding of USDA agencies including APHIS and FAS.) Regulatory and Biotech Issues (no bill numbers); (Provisions in proposed regulations regarding the approval of biotech traits), HR 965/S 1211 The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases; (Title II. General provision in the bill.) S 1053 Veterinary Services Investment Act; (General support of the bill.), S 518 Veterinary Loan Repayment Program; (In support for legislation.) HR 1406 Fairness to Pet Owners Act 2011; (General provisions requiring veterinary prescribing.) HR 1733/S 886 Interstate Horseracing Act 2011; (Definition of performance medicines in Sec. 9.), HR 658/ S 223 FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act; (Provisions related to transportation of lithium batteries.)|
|Bergeson and Campbell||$20,000||Issues relating to the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.|
|Cassidy & Associates||$60,000||Energy research and development tax credit|
|Conrad Law and Policy Council||$30,000||Commercial building energy efficiency|
|DLA Piper||$120,000||Building materials technology and standards policy; Federal procurement issues.|
|Sidley Austin||$250,000||Medicare reimbursement issues; diabetes care issues; 340B Issues;|
|Williams and Jensen||$80,000||Drug safety and drug counterfeiting; Drug importation; 340B Program; Authorized generics; Prescription drug advertising; Federal preemption for prescription drugs; Implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Reauthorization of Prescription Drug User Fee Act and drug shortages (FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187))|
Bayer spent $4.2 million on lobbying in 2010  and $6.7 million in 2012  Bayer uses its own lobbyists, instead of other firms. The following were lobbyists in 2011: Julie Corcoran, Ronald F Docksai, Thomas B Lilburn, Jean D Reimers, Dakotah J Smith, Jennifer Spurgat, Donna Stephens, Robert D Thomas and Juliane H Van Egmond.
You can see a full list of bills Bayer lobbied for for the past five years HERE.
As of the first quarter of 2014, Bayer had made $277,770 in political contributions to federal candidates for the 2014 election.
During the 2012 election cycle, Bayer made $523,987 in contributions to federal candidates. Top recipients included Tim Murphy (R-PA), Barack Obama (D), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).
Open Secrets reports that in 2010, Bayer's PAC gave $479,216 to federal candidates. House Democrats received $128,000 and Republicans $151,400. Senate Democrats received $40,000 and Republicans $81,600.
Bayer gave $319,482.000 to federal candidates in the 2008 election through its political action committee, which is funded through employee contributions - 42% went to Democrats and 58% went to Republicans. . In the 2012 election, Bayer's PAC has raised $353,818 and spent $421,150.
Overview & history (subsection)
See also History of Bayer.
Overview of products
Bayer's health care division makes pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and drugs for animals. It also makes plastics. Its agricultural products division makes agrochemicals for crops and home garden products. Besides its well-known line of Bayer aspirins, its brand names include Aleve, Alka-Seltzer and One-A-Day vitamins. Its top selling pharmaceuticals include Betaseron (multiple sclerosis) and Yasmin (birth control). 
Bayer does participate in animal testing.
Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports
For links to copies of a facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Stop Animal Experimentation NOW!: Facility Reports and Information. This site contains listings for all 50 states, links to biomedical research facilities in that state and PDF copies of government documents where facilities must report their animal usage. (Search: Berkley, California; Richmond, California; West Haven, Connecticut.)
USDA AWA reports
As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.
Bayer contract tests out to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).  Huntingdon Life Sciences is the 3rd largest contract research organization (CRO) in the world and the largest animal testing facility in all of Europe. Firms hire CROs to conduct animal toxicity tests for agrochemicals, petrochemicals, household products, pharmaceutical drugs and toxins. HLS has a long history of gross animal welfare violations. See also Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Drug safety issues
Ambien - is a prescription medicine prescribed for insomnia. According to research studies, side effects from Ambien are experienced by up to up to 4% of patients. The most common side effects are daytime drowsiness, diarrhea and coordination problems. Side effects range from mild to dangerous, such as vision changes, depression and hallucinations. Other of side effects of Ambien, as well as other sedative/hypnotic medicines are addiction and abuse; "sleep-driving," "sleep-eating," and rebound insomnia after discontinuing use. 
Sleep walking, talking, driving & eating
Of the strange nocturnal behaviors reported, sleep walking, talking and even driving, is far more common than sleep-eating. Though the side effect is rare, most sleep doctors are familiar with patient stories of night time refrigerator raids, ovens left on at night and food appearing in the bedroom. While many sleep-eating patients were prescribed Ambien, it is not clear whether it is more likely to cause sleep eating than other sleep medications. 
In some states, Ambien has made it onto the lists of the top ten drugs found in impaired motorists. Motorists driving under the influence of Ambien have smashed into parked cars; driven the wrong way down busy highway and woven in between lanes. According to reports, the drivers sometimes have no recollection of getting behind the wheel, after being pulled over. According to Laura Liddicoat, a toxicologist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in a March of 2006 interview on Good Morning America:
- "It certainly seems to me that the warnings are not sufficiently clear to the general public."
According to a report on drivers arrested in Wisconsin in the previous 5 years, 187 had Ambien in their bloodstream. 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled Baycol (cerivastatin) off the market after the drug was linked to at least 100 fatal adverse drug reactions (ADS). Baycol was a cholesterol-lowering drug, purported to reduce the risk of heart attacks. The drug was prescribed to approximately 700,000 Americans. FDA physicians linked the drug to a rare muscle side effect which destroyed tissue and released it into the blood stream. Patients commonly suffered severe muscle pain in the lower back and calf muscles. In the most severe cases, condition led to kidney failure and death. 
The drug was pulled from the market in August 2001 due to its muscle-weakening side effects. In January of 2007, the Houston Business Journal reported that Bayer would pay out 8 million dollars spread over 30 states. The settlements included $200,000 to Texas, over the companies failure to fully disclose health risks to patients with specific conditions. The terms also extended to the disclosure of clinical studies involving other Bayer drugs with possible health risks. According to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott:
- "Texans deserve to be fully informed about the adverse effects of their medications. This agreement ensures that patients have access to the information they need to make educated health care decisions."
The terms required Bayer to register the results of its clinical studies on the internet. Also, that marketing, sale and promotion of Bayer pharmaceutical and biological products must comply with the law and not include false or misleading claims. In 1997, the FDA approved Baycol, which Bayer began marketing in May 1998. While patients taking statin drugs frequently experience muscle-weakening, Bayer did not disclose that the product posed significantly greater than normal side effects. Concealing risks in the name of profit, violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. 
Yasmin birth control
As of 2011, Yasmin is one of the only birth control pills with a class-action lawsuit against it.
Food safety issues
Lobbying Against Proposed EU Pesticide Ban
Two studies published in early 2012 in the journal Science suggested a particularly strong connection between the use of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and the decline of both bumble bee and honeybee populations. Although neonicotinoid insecticides were initially accepted as a safer alternative for humans, livestock, and birds, and have been used for years on corn, soy, wheat, and canola (called rapeseed in Canada and Europe), these and other studies led the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to recommend a two-year ban of the most controversial neonicotinoids by the European Commission: thiamethoxam, manufactured by Swiss company Syngenta; and imidacloprid and clothianidin, manufactured by German company Bayer. Private letters obtained and released by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) reveal that Bayer and Syngenta have engaged in intensive lobbying against these measures, sending letters to the food safety agency and the European Commission, which were followed later by threatened litigation.
Dave Goulson, professor of biology at the University of Sussex, was one of the authors of the spring 2012 Science study on neonicotinoids and bumble bees. In the study, scientists exposed bumble bee colonies to the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. According to Goulson, compared to control colonies, treated colonies "had a significantly reduced growth rate and suffered an 85% reduction in production of queens..." Goulson goes on to say, "Exposure to these pesticides, which are essentially a neurotoxin, was affecting the ability of the bees to learn, to find their way home, to navigate, to collect food, and so on, which is hardly surprising if you realize they're neurotoxins." The dangers of a shrinking bee population have led some to suggest that a significant decline in pollination may lead to agricultural crisis.
Global GMO & herbicide market
The top biotechnology companies are Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and Bayer. (Syngenta is a subsidiary of parent companies AstraZeneca and Novartis. Aventis' agribusiness division was bought out by Bayer.) They account for almost 100% of the genetically engineered seed and 60% of the global pesticide market. Thanks to recent acquisitions, they also own 23% of the commercial seed market. In 1999, almost 80% of total global transgenic acreage was planted in GMO soy, corn, cotton and canola. Until then, farmers could spray herbicides before planting, but not after, as herbicides would kill the intended crop. The other 20% of genetically modified acreage is planted with crops that produce pesticides. Monsanto’s "New Leaf" potato kills potato beetles, but is itself registered as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The five largest biotech companies in the world are also the five largest herbicide companies. GMOs ensure a continuous and ever-expanding market for their agrochemicals. 
GMO soy beans are altered to enable plants to withstand weedkillers, particularly Monsanto's Roundup. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tripled the allowable limit for residues of Roundup's active ingredients on harvested crops. Many scientists protested allowing increased residues to support the biotechnology industry. Even after Monsanto's own research raised safety concerns for Roundup Ready soybeans, the FDA did not call for further testing. Half the soybeans grown in the U.S. are Roundup Ready. According to Monsanto, they contain 29% less of the brain nutrient choline and 27% more trypsin inhibitor, a potential allergen. Soy is often prescribed and consumed for its phytoestrogen content; however, GMO soy beans have lower levels of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid that affects levels of phytoestrogens. Lectin levels, the usual culprit in soy allergies, are nearly double in GMO soybeans. 
Under current policy, the government provides large subsidies to farmers to produce grains, in particularly corn and soybeans. Livestock producers use corn and soy as a base for animal feed as they are protein rich and fatten up the animals. They are also cheap (due to government subsidies.) Livestock consumes 47% of the soy and 60% of the corn produced in the US.  See also FDA.
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- Manfred Schneider - Chairman
- Hermann Strenger - Honorary Chairman
- Thomas de Win - Deputy Chairman 
- Dr. Paul Achleitner - Member of the Supervisory Board effective April 2002
- André Aich - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Willy Beumann - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr. Clemens Börsig - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr.-Ing. Thomas Fischer - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Peter Hausmann - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. e.h. Hans-Olaf Henkel - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Reiner Hoffmann - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr. rer. pol. Klaus Kleinfeld - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Petra Kronen - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Panke - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Hubertus Schmoldt - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr.-ing. Ekkehard d. Schulz - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dr. Klaus Sturany - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Roswitha Süßelbeck - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Dipl.-ing. Dr.-ing. e.h. Jürgen Weber - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Oliver Zühlke - Member of the Supervisory Board
- Karl-Josef Ellrich - Member of the Supervisory Board
Bayer Corporation in the U.S.
- Gregory S. Babe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC
- Roland Backes, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
- Lars Benecke, General Counsel, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer
- Claus Fey, Vice President and Country Group North America HR//Business Partner
- Stefan Hesse, Vice President, Corporate Auditing
- Jens Lohmann, Chief Accounting Officer and Biltroller
- Mark A. Ryan, Chief Communications Officer, Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC
- Willy Scherf, Chief Financial Officer
- Tracy Spagnol, Vice President & Treasurer
- Paul F. Wright, Vice President, Tax
Bayer Health care
- Sandra E. Peterson - Executive Vice President
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- American Legislative Exchange Council
- Animal testing
- "Big 6" Biotech Corporations
- Chemical companies, lobbyists and agribusiness
- David P. Ropeik
- Food and Drug Administration
- Genetic engineering
- Genetically modified organisms
- Huntingdon Life Sciences
- Monsanto and the Roundup Ready Controversy
- National Primate Research Center System
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Rockefeller Foundation
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