Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca PLC donates $8,000 to Jerry Brown

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 - 9:09 am

Two days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing children 12 and older to seek medical care for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent – including vaccinations against human papillomavirus, or HPV – a pharmaceutical company with a financial interest in HPV vaccines donated $8,000 to Brown's re-election campaign.

Brown's office said the contribution was not solicited. AstraZeneca PLC said it was unrelated to his action on the controversial bill.

An AstraZeneca subsidiary developed technology used in several HPV vaccines, for which the company receives royalties.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 499, by Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego, on Oct. 9, hours before a deadline to act on hundreds of bills.

Brown has done little fundraising since taking office in January, collecting about $45,000 in the first half of the year.

The Democrat has not said whether he'll seek re-election in 2014.

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