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ASHINGTON — Last year PhRMA announced plans to save its political spending for lobbying against federal efforts to fight rising drug prices. But the pharmaceutical industry group found giving to political groups known as 527s a good way to channel money to political party operations in the states.

Federal election reports filed for the end of 2016 show that PhRMA gave more than $1.77 million to Republican groups, including GOPAC, which supports both federal and state candidates. PhRMA donated slightly over $1 million to Democratic groups.

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