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Asa!, Giuliani and Oxycontin

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An item on abcnews.com's blog The Blotter explores Rudy Giuliani's lobbying connections with Purdue Frederick, the pharmaceutical company that recently agreed to pay $634 million in fines for falsely claiming Oxycontin was less addictive than similar drugs. And there's a connection to Asa Hutchinson from his days at the federal Drug Enforcement Agency:

According to the book "Painkiller," by New York Times reporter Barry Meier, both Giuliani and his then-partner Bernard Kerik "were in direct contact with Asa Hutchinson, the administrator of DEA."

Hutchinson told the Blotter on ABCNews.com today that Giuliani asked for a meeting, "and we gave him a meeting." Hutchinson says he was aware the company was under investigation at the time, and "any time a company is under investigation I like to give them a chance to make their case."   

Kerik told New York Magazine at the time that Giuliani had raised $15,000 in donations for a "traveling museum operated by the DEA."

Some officials told ABC News there were questions inside the agency of whether the donations were an attempt to influence the DEA.

Meier wrote that "with Giuliani now in the mix, the pace of DEA's investigation into Purdue's OxyContin plant in New Jersey slowed as Hutchinson repeatedly summoned division officials to his office to explain themselves and their reasons for continuing the inquiry."


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