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Takeda Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company based in Japan. Takeda manufactures Prevacid® as well as a series of common vaccines. In 2010, the company had $18.4 billion in total revenues and $3.2 billion in net income.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Takeda was a corporate member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011, and was a "Trustee's" level funder of ALEC's 2016 Annual Conference, which in 2010 equated to $5,000.. It was the ALEC state corporate co-chair of Alaska, South Dakota and Washington as of 2011.
John Schlatter, Government Affairs Manager at Takeda, represents Takeda as the state corporate co-chair of Alaska and Washington and was the 2011 recipient of ALEC's State Chair of the Year Award. Marilyn Vetter, Government Affairs Manager at Takeda, represents Takeda as the state corporate co-chair of South Dakota.
Takeda was also a "President" level sponsor of the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference ($100,000 in 2010) and a member of the Louisiana Host Committee. Takeda Head of Governmental and External Affairs David L. Dieter also spoke at a plenary session at the conference, alongside Tucker Carlson of the Koch-founded and -funded Cato Institute.
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Lobbying and Political Contributions
In January through August 2011, Takeda spent $760,000 on lobbying the U.S. Congress, hiring lobbying firms Ogilvy Government Relations and Williams & Jensen. Takeda officers and employees gave a total of $39,551 to Congressional candidates of both parties, PACs, SuperPACs and Parties in the 2010 election cycle.
- Takeda, Ethical Drugs, corporate website, accessed August 11, 2011
- Takeda Financials, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed August 11, 2011
- Nick Surgey and Calvin Sloan, "Revealed: AARP Is Funding ALEC," Exposed by CMD, Center for Media and Democracy, July 28, 2016.
- American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
- LinkedIn, John Schlatter, online business profile, accessed August 12, 2011
- Wisconsin BioForward, Government Affairs Committee, trade group website, accessed August 12, 2011
- American Legislative Exchange Council, Sponsorship Opportunities at ALEC's Annual Meeting, organizational website, 2010, accessed August 4, 2011
- Center for Responsive Politics, 2011 Lobbying: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, OpenSecrets.org lobbying database, accessed August 12, 2011
- Center for Responsive Politics, Donor Search Results: Employer: Takeda, OpenSecrets.org campaign finance database, accessed August 12, 2011
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This is a list of groups or individuals associated in some capacity with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).