Merck & Co

Child Organization: Schering-Plough Corp

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme or MSD outside the United States and Canada, is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The headquarters of the company is located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, an unincorporated area in Readington Township. The company was established in 1891 as the United States subsidiary of the German company now known as Merck KGaA. In common with many other German assets in the United States, Merck & Co. was confiscated in 1917 during World War I and then set up as an independent company. Currently, it is one of the seven largest pharmaceutical companies in the world both by market capitalization and revenue.

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Campaign Finance

$27,138,235 Given

Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:

  • contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
  • only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
  • contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
  • corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.

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federal data covers from 1989 roughly through Q2 2014
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse
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$99,139,804 Spent

Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate only to the nearest $20,000. For organizations whose primary business is lobbying, we display total income and top clients. For organizations that are not primarily lobbying firms, we display total amount spent on lobbying and top lobbying firms hired.

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covers roughly through Q2, 2014

Lobbying on Behalf of Merck & Co

View all lobbying data for Merck & Co Sources: Lobbyist Registration Tracker


Mentioned in 295 dockets; Submitted to 54 dockets

All data is based on documents downloaded from The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.

Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.

Not all agencies submit public comments to For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.

Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.

updated daily from by way of Docket Wrench

The tables show occurrences of "Merck & Co" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.

Contractor Misconduct

18 Instances

This information is collected by the Project On Government Oversight from press releases, court documents, news reports and other public records. It is not meant to be an exhaustive account of all instances of federal contractor misconduct.

More information on each instance, including primary source documents, is available on POGO's site by clicking on the instance description. More information on POGO's methodology is available here.

covers through POGO's March 5, 2013 release
Misconduct Type Hired By Incident Year Disposition Penalty
Health None Nationwide Vioxx Settlement 2007 Settlement $4,850,000,000
Health None Nominal Pricing Fraud 2008 Settlement $650,000,000
Health None Nationwide Vioxx Joint Civil-Criminal Settlement (Civil) 2011 Settlement $628,364,000
Health None Nationwide Vioxx Joint Civil-Criminal Settlement (Criminal) 2011 Settlement $321,636,000
Cost/Labor Mischarge None Medco False Claims Act Litigation 2006 Settlement $137,500,000
Health None Barnett v. Merck (Vioxx Litigation) 2006 Judgment Against Defendant $51,000,000
Health None Humeston v. Merck & Co., Inc. (Vioxx Litigation) 2007 Judgment Against Defendant $47,500,000
Health None Medco ERISA Class Action Settlement 2002 Settlement $42,500,000
Consumer Affairs None Medco Drug Switching Settlement 2004 Settlement $29,300,000
Antitrust None Hawaii Average Wholesale Price Litigation 2010 Settlement $28,000,000
View all contractor misconduct data for Merck & Co Sources: Federal Contractor Misconduct Database from POGO

EPA Violations

5 Enforcement Actions

Figures are based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO website. The ECHO database contains federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Data displayed here includes only those actions that began after 2000 and resulted in fines of over $1 million.

Actions where the company was the sole defendant are listed first. Actions where the company is one of multiple defendants are listed subsequently.

For more information see our EPA methodology page.

covers through EPA's October 19, 2011 release
Case Name Defendant Date Locations Amount
Air Products & Chemical, Inc Et Al Merck & Co., Inc (+40 others) 2005 Elkton, Md $24,500,000
3m Company Merck & Co., Inc. (+106 others) 2008 Wood Ridge, Nj $18,000,000
Agere Systems, Et Al Merck & Co., Inc. (+138 others) 2007 Elkton, Md $11,300,000
3m Company Et Al. Merck & Co., Inc. (+67 others) 2004 Carlstadt, Nj $8,649,902
Benjamin Moore & Co., Et Al Merck & Co Inc (+26 others) 2001 Piscataway, Nj $2,000,000
View all EPA violations data for Merck & Co Sources: EPA ECHO Enforcement Data

Advisory Committees

11 people on 11 committees

Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.

The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.

covers through 2011

Table shows employees of "Merck & Co" that sat on federal advisory committees.

  • Agency
  • Representation
  • Toggle Department of Health and Human Services 9 people on 9 committees
  • Toggle Department of Defense 1 person on 1 committee
  • Toggle National Science Foundation 1 person on 1 committee
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