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The document given to ProPublica identified the group’s three-person board of directors, which includes Scott Bensing and Chris Gober, who formerly worked for the NRSC and Ensign, and Mark Emerson of Highland, Utah, a former Hatch employee who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2000.

Freedom Path and the Hatch campaign say they acted independently of each other as required by federal law.

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Freedom Path didn’t release its list of donors and had no requirement to do so as it awaited the IRS ruling on its tax-exempt status. The Center for Public Integrity did uncover that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the nation’s primary drug lobby, contributed $750,000 to Freedom Path, according to the group’s IRS disclosure.

PhRMA has been a consistent contributor to Hatch, who is a member of the health committee and is the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid.


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