Why would Pfizer fund “anti-vaxxers” sounding off at a QAnon conference?

Could it be a way to publicize outlandish (or outlandish-sounding) speculation on the danger of vaccines, so that it might be lumped together with established facts about the mRNA death shots? (If I were Pfizer, that’s what I would do.)


Pfizer Gave Money to Arizona Legislators Speaking at Anti-Vaxxer QAnon Conference

By Don Wiener

September 29th, 2021
Pfizer likely may not have its executives at the QAnon conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-25, but three Arizona legislators it gave money to will be there as “special guests” and speakers.

The three Republican Arizona legislators are Rep. Mark Finchem, Rep. Leo Biasiucci and Sen. Sonny Borrelli. In the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, the drug maker gave Finchem a total of $900 and Biasiucci a total of $800. Pfizer gave Borelli a combined $1,000 between 2014 and 2018.

QAnon followers have become one of the leading national sources of conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and others. 

Based on the belief that there is a worldwide Satan-worshipping pedophile network controlling the government and media, QAnon has increasingly become enmeshed with claims that Covid-19 is a hoax and that the injection’s purpose it to insert a tracking chip in peoples’ arms.

Asked for comment, a Pfizer spokesperson said, “Pfizer categorically rejects the conspiracy theories and general divisiveness propagated by QAnon.” Pfizer did not respond to questions about whether it would ask for its contributions to be returned or continue to support legislators with QAnon and anti-vaxxer ties.

Two of the three legislators speaking at the QAnon conference – Finchem and Borrelli – are also members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the pay-to-play group where corporations and politicians write legislation together behind closed doors. Rep. Biasiucci is a former member.

Pfizer was a longstanding corporate member of ALEC, but said in June 2021 that it has discontinued its membership and did not pay dues to the group in 2021.

Finchem, who is running for Arizona Secretary of State and has been endorsed by former President Trump, has fully embraced Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was stolen and was outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 while it was being stormed by pro-Trump insurrectionists.

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