WASHINGTON — The dark-money group that has spent over $1 million on mysterious, pharma-bashing radio ads was formed by a top executive and a top lobbyist for the American Hospital Association and a former political consultant for CVS (CVS) Health, according to a 2018 tax filing released to STAT this week.

The secretive group, known as Citizens for Truth in Drug Pricing, has blanketed airwaves with radio advertisements and sponsored commentary that sharply criticizes drug companies for high prices. It has also paid numerous well-known radio hosts, including the conservative personality Hugh Hewitt, to post Facebook (FB) ads urging voters to sign a petition to “stop drug companies from overcharging” and warning lawmakers they “risk reelection in 2020” if they do not support drug pricing reforms.

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