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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.
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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