December 15, 2016
US Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., a licensed pharmacist, co-sponsored two bills that could boost independent pharmacy owners’ profits, raising questions about a conflict of interest. Carter owned independent pharmacies in South Georgia before he was elected as 1st District congressman. He says he transferred ownership to his wife. “To take an active stance as an advocate, as a co-sponsor for that legislation as a member of congress, you do find yourself in a situation where there is a conflict of interest,” said Brinkley Serkedekis, director of the good government group Common Cause.