Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

AIDS Healthcare Foundation fined for campaign violation

Proposition 61 on the November ballot dealt with prescription drug pricing.

Proposition 61 on the November ballot dealt with prescription drug pricing.

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation has paid a $2,500 fine to the state for violating campaign finance rules during its failed 2016 effort to pass a measure to lower prescription drug prices.

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission found that AHF, which almost solely backed the Proposition 61 campaign, had failed to disclose a $50,000 contribution made by the California Nurses Association PAC in July.

In May and June, the Prop 61 campaign published two YouTube ads: “Take No Axion” and “Greed is Not Good.”

Each video contained a disclosure statement that read, “Paid for by Californians for Lower Drug Prices, with major funding by AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” but the committee didn’t update the statement to reflect the nurses’ contribution within five days, as regulations require.

After being contacted by state officials in October, the Prop 61 committee amended the statement. The FPPC says in its summary of the case that the AIDS nonprofit, which in 2014 had a budget of almost $225,000,000, has submitted its check, made payable to the state’s general fund.

Prop 61 failed to pass in November, with 53.2 percent of voters opposing the measure.

An AHF spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 12, 2017 @ 2:58 pm PST
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