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Sen. Cortez Masto claims new Nevada ad on prescription drugs is false

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

As elected officials and would-be politicians campaign, how do Nevada voters know what is factual and what is campaign mud-slinging? 

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto today called out “Big Pharma” for spreading misinformation about her stance on prescription drug prices.

The ad currently running in Nevada claims lawmakers are considering “cutting millions of dollars” that could help Nevadans with prescription drug costs.  

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Tuesday, on the Senate floor, Cortez Masto told her colleagues the ad is blatantly false. And she said while it says it’s produced by American Prosperity Alliance, it’s difficult to know who is actually funding it, but she has her suspicions. 

"We don’t know who really funded this ad, and the organization that wrote the check doesn’t have to disclose that information, and so nobody can be held accountable. And that’s part of the problem," she said. "And that’s why I have been calling for accountability and transparency and who’s funding these ads. We know that the dark money that is out there, and the only ones that are going to benefit from this at the end of the day, is 'Big Pharma.'"

Cortez Masto said she wants her colleagues and Nevada constituents to know the opposite is true with lawmakers such as herself working to lower prescription drug prices by capping out of pocket costs and allow the government to directly negotiate prescription drug prices.  

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.