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U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a rising star in the Republican Party with broad popularity in his home state of South Carolina, is getting showered with pharmaceutical industry money before facing voters this fall, Kaiser Health News says. Scott was the top recipient of pharma campaign cash in Congress during the second half of 2021, receiving $99,000, emerging as a new industry favorite. Though Scott has been a perennial recipient since arriving in Congress in 2011, the latest amount is nearly twice his previous highest haul. The state’s junior senator is widely viewed as destined for greater things during his political career. And this is an existential moment for pharma, when securing allies is critical.

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