Pfizer spent big money on lobbying when new PA health department secretary worked there

Official Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Portrait of Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf was named secretary of the Pennsylvania health department by Gov. Corbett on Monday, as Inquirer colleague Amy Worden wrote the other day. A link is here.

Wolf spent more than five years with Pfizer, Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company by revenue. Pfizer's headquarters is in Manhattan, but it has a big operation in Collegeville.

From March 2006 through May 2011, Wolf was director of public affairs and policy. Such positions often involve, directly or indirectly, urging government officials to pass rules or laws that help the company.

After that, Wolf went to work in Corbett's administration.

While Wolf was with Pfizer, the company was No. 1 or No. 2 among pharmaceutical companies in annual expenditures on lobbying, according data compiled by The web site culls data from campaign finance reports.

According to, this is the list of Pfizer's annual spending on lobbying and its ranking among pharmaceutical companies during the 2006-2011 period:

  • 2006: $11,800,000 (1)
  • 2007: $13,800,000 (2, behind Amgen)
  • 2008: $12,180,000 (2, behind Eli Lilly)
  • 2009: $25,819,000 (1)
  • 2010: $13,380,000 (1)

2011: $12,890,000 (1)

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