The Whore of Babblin’ On: Jason Rapert & Big Pharma Sittin’ in a Tree

In yesterday’s post about Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Jerry Cox’s Panty Drawer) and his attempt to ban the smoking of medical marijuana anywhere in the state, we offered this tongue-in-cheek theory as to why he took this approach:

From where does all of this stem? To be blunt, Stanley knows best of course! I believe it is purely out of his desire to protect others from second-hand smoke and for his love for the environment.

Well, as was pointed out to me on Facebook by the inimitable Julie McDonald, Rapert’s motives were almost certainly NOT due to a goal of banning second-hand smoke. After all, were that the case, campaign contributions like these1 would be hard to explain:

And this isn’t even including money that came from lobbyists for Big Tobacco. But, regardless, I think finding $9,750 in Big Tobacco money after a cursory search of the Secretary of State’s horrid website is enough to belie any claim — sarcastic or otherwise — that StanJay is anti-smoking. He is simply anti-medical marijuana, regardless of the will of the people of Arkansas who voted for it.

But why? Well, that answer might be found in his Campaign Contribution & Expenditure Reports as well. To wit:

Why…it’s almost as if Jason Rapert is fighting against medical marijuana because he is pretty directly beholden to Big Pharma, whether through the pharmaceutical companies, middlemen, or pharmacists (who will not be part of the medical-marijuana distribution).

Yep, I do believe that is exactly what is going on — Jason Rapert doesn’t hate medical marijuana so much as he just loves that sweet, sweet campaign cash from the Pharma industry and its affiliates. He might have even justified this to himself as he did it.

After all, Jesus has forgiven a whore before.


  1. Altria is the parent company of Philip Morris and other tobacco companies, and Altria Client Services is their government-relations arm. RAI Services is part of RJ Reynolds.

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26 comments for “The Whore of Babblin’ On: Jason Rapert & Big Pharma Sittin’ in a Tree

  1. Julian Holloway
    February 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    You are hilarious, Matt!

  2. Emily Dawn Blake
    February 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Conrad Lewis Jamie Sharp U0001f602U0001f602 at the Title of this. Boo at Stanley.

  3. Danna Woods Young
    February 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I’m totally enjoying this.

  4. Kristin Foster
    February 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Love the title!

  5. DeAnna Smith
    February 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    BHR is rapidly becoming one of my favorite parts of the day! U0001f60a

  6. Jen Williams
    February 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Not surprised.
    Complete scumbag.
    Excellent title though. U0001f602

  7. Tammy Johnson
    February 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    My daily Matt Campbell fix relieves the stress of these twilight zone times! ❤

  8. Deborah Sallings
    February 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    You’re about to go to the top of my list, past Sir Paul, past Colbert.

  9. Angela Sample
    February 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Yes, great title…the more you expose this sleeze-bag the better. We must VOTE HIM OUT in 2018!!

  10. Blue Hog Report
    February 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    That’s some high praise! I’ll settle for just being on the list. :)

  11. Michelle Gibson
    February 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I would love to meet you and hug your neck U0001f602U0001f60d You. Are. Awesome.

  12. Roger Stephenson
    February 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Vote! Work with his opposition. Canvas. Get new voters registered. Take others to the polls if able. Take back our country one little despot at a time.

  13. Ed Ross
    February 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Gee, I didn’t know Jason had stopped playing with his wand.

  14. Judy Montague Smith
    February 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    He was one of my two letters yesterday. He is not “all there”, is he?

  15. Mitchell Wine
    February 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Dude. Righteous takedown. Rock on.

  16. Reed Martin
    February 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This guy has got to go Maybe he can be a bath room cop.

  17. Jeff Pitchford
    February 19, 2017 at 12:57 am

    In a side note, you should investigate how much out of state pro marijuana money funded the ballot campaign and is paying for lobbyists this session to push pro marijuana. There was no “Big Pharma” money against medical marijuana. But good gravy there is a river of out of state money flowing to make sure AR is set up for “Big Weed”.

  18. Scott Phillips
    February 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Hey Jason Rapert

  19. Jeff Ballard
    February 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

    You rock Judy!

  20. Sandy Lane
    February 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I hope U0001f91e that Asshole doesn’t report you for this cute little guy ! Lol U0001f606 !

  21. MelanieNowlin2
    February 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    You’ve done it again! Every time I read one of your articles I get a little satisfaction knowing that we are onto Rupert’s hypocritical BS! I’d love to see someone confront him in person about his contributions from tobacco companies but we all know how that goes, “Watch yer mouth!” Or the threat of gun violence in a Lowe’s parking lot. Bravo sir! You’re my hero!

  22. Amanda Cheatham-Hurd
    February 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    How do we impeach this idiot? We can practice on him for proceedings against 45

  23. Kate Wallis
    February 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Old article, great food for thought. Blue Hog Report http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beth-arnold/the-de-evolution-of-arkan_b_6969298.html?

  24. Kate Wallis
    February 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

    What we’re seeing is the GOP being taken over by a radical group coming out of the Tea Party. DC is populist white nationalists led by Bannon and funded by maggots with money from Goldman Sachs. Tom Cotton is right there with ’em. State legislature is pushing an extreme agenda toward Convention of States. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/01/the_gop_of_2017_is_the_most_extreme_party_coalition_since_the_civil_war.html

  25. Kate Wallis
    February 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

    John Brummett on Twitter: @johnbrummett Feb 20
    Agreed to speak briefly on importance of free press at Indivisible Central Arkansas town hall 3 pm Sun at St Michael’s Episcopal. An honor.

  26. The Fabes
    March 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Why do our Arkansas Politicians hate us Arkansans so much?  We voted in favor of medical MJ and now our politicians are making it harder for it (MJ) to be used?  This makes no sense and is a waste of everyone time.  Shouldn’t our politicians be working for us instead of against us?  This is a disgrace.

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