A political action committee bankrolled by pharmaceutical entrepreneur Fred Eshelman just bought $1.5 million in Internet advertising to help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
That was the report Saturday from the Washington-based Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan nonprofit that pushes for greater transparency and openness in government and politics.
The foundation identified Fred Eshelman as the only donor on record for Right Change, the PAC responsible for the ad featuring a young girl accusing President Barack Obama of leaving her generation in the lurch.
In 2010, the foundation reported, Eshelman gave Right Change nearly $3 million. The founder of Pharmaceutical Products Development, Eshelman now heads Furiex, Inc., and has been a backer of several Republican causes and candidates – including some in North Carolina.
--Tim Funk, Observer staff writer