finger the Eli Lilly Bandit

I'm reminded of an episode of The Tick:

Lawyer: Why, that's the worst kind of vigilanteism!
Tick: No Sir, that's the best kind of vigilanteism!

Reward! For Information Leading To The Identification Of The Eli Lilly Bandit

In November, as Congress finalized the legislation authorizing a new Department of Homeland Security, two paragraphs suddenly appeared in the bill giving drug maker Eli Lilly & Company something it desired: a shield from lawsuits by parents who claim the company's vaccines caused their children's autism.

[...] Who inserted the provision? Reporters tried and failed to find out. Lilly's lobbyists (laughably) claim ignorance. No one on Capitol Hill is proud enough of his handiwork to claim it.

Democracy requires accountability, so is offering a $10,000 reward to the first person who proves the identity of the Eli Lilly Bandit - the member of Congress responsible for inserting the company's special provision. Mail submissions to PO Box 53303, Washington, D.C. 20009. The complete terms and conditions of this offer are posted at

Public officials who work secret deals like this are cowards. They subvert and dishonor a fundamental American principle - open government accountable to the people. Help us finger the Eli Lilly Bandit.

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2 Responses:

  1. flipzagging says:

    This story made me furious. What is the legislative equivalent of source control? Obviously they track changes, but apparently not enough.

    This is the rare political problem where a technical fix really can help. Why can't legislation be managed like the source of a big distributed project? The public should be able to see branches, revisions, and blamelogs? We have the technology.

  2. nategodin says:

    Considering that this is part of the Homeland Security bill, doesn't it seem more likely that the government is covering its ass in case smallpox vaccinations become necessary?