Pfizer bolsters ties to Senate Dems

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has brought on a former senior aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayInspector general reviewing HHS decision to halt ObamaCare ads Dems mock House GOP over lack of women in healthcare meeting The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Wash.).

Paula Burg is joining the drug company’s Washington office as a senior director for federal government relations. Burg was a senior policy adviser to Murray for healthcare and entitlements.

Burg also has experience in the House, having been an appropriations and healthcare aide for former Reps. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) and Karen Thurman (D-Fla.).

Pfizer is one of K Street’s biggest spenders.

The pharmaceutical company spent almost $8.9 million on lobbying last year, according to lobbying disclosure records. That was a drop from the $10.2 million the company spent in 2012.