‘A group campaigning to preserve Maine’s new vaccine law rolled out its first ad Monday thanks to funding provided by the pharmaceutical industry.
The Maine Street Solutions lobbying firm – with financial backing from vaccine manufacturers – is spending $476,000 to blanket southern Maine with television ads featuring doctors and children that support vaccinations. The firm, which has offices in Augusta, Portland, Boston and Washington, D.C., is connected to the Protect Schools Ballot Question Committee that opposes Question 1 on the March 3 ballot.
A video by opponents of the law – Yes on 1 to Reject Big Pharma – also was released Monday for an undetermined future television buy.
While the new pro-vaccine ad campaign erases an early financial advantage opponents of the law had held, it also opens up the vaccine law’s supporters to criticism that they are beholden to the pharmaceutical industry.’