Facing an insider-trading investigation from the Department of Justice, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) raised money for his defense fund from private-industry donors, including a lobbyist who used to be employed at Purdue Pharma and a billionaire named Jimmy Haslam, according to disclosures filed with the secretary of the senate.
Burr had come under scrutiny for stock-trades he made at the outset of the pandemic. The Department of Justice closed its investigation without filing charges in January.
Along with his wife Dee, Haslam donated $10,000 in April. Burt Rosen, a longtime lobbyist for opiod giant Purdue Pharma who’s launched his own firm and is repping other pharmaceuticals, contributed $2,500 in May.
Three executives at investment firms handed over a total of $22,500 to the defense fund for Burr, who sits on the Senate finance committee. Four senior executives at the utility-infrastructure construction firm Pike also made contributions.
In the first half of 2020, Burr raised a total of $433,000, just shy of the $490,000 that his defense fund paid the law firm Latham & Watkins.
The Pike officials, Rosen, and Haslams did not respond to requests for comment.
Forbes previously reported on 37 lawmakers who pitched in to Burr’s defense fund.
Clarification: A previous version of this story referred to Burt Rosen as a “Purdue Pharma lobbyist.” Rosen ended his employment there in April 2020.