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WASHINGTON — Two high-ranking lawmakers on the Senate committee that crafts legislation about health and oversees public health agencies disclosed that they or their families traded in tobacco company stock while they were on the committee, according to a STAT review.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reported purchasing at least $15,000 worth of stock in Philip Morris International. Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) husband, meanwhile, owned an account whose manager bought and sold about $1,000 worth of stock in Reynolds American while Murray was the top Democrat on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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  • Good ole Orin Hatch…..a fine Mormon investing in tobacco and probably alcohol companies that sell products unallowed to mormons. The reason being those products are harmful to the health and soul of the flock. But it’s fine to make money on harming the health and sole of none followers (realists).

    Orin is a man of hypocrisy.

    Remember in 2000 when Orin was pushing for deep cuts in domestic programs like public education in the Bush beginning. Orin pulled a Friday night caper (Senate went into recess) and snuck $2 Billion through his Gonanxe committee to save Mitt Romney and the $2 B loss from the SLC Olympics!

    Orin has no shame, no morales, and is not a man of the Bible. Orin is totally crooked!

  • Really? Patty Murray? The holier than thou, “I’m just a mom in tennis shoes trying to make a difference” (yet somehow has been in office for 30 years and now her daughter is in politics too)?? I’m actually really disappointed, because I honestly want to believe the schlock these politicians put out when they say they care. Even if she didn’t know, even if it was her husband or their broker, wouldn’t it be sort of a line item “don’t buy tobacco stock or anything that might be reprehensible” level of obviousness?

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