Bloomberg: Sprint CEO's Democratic Ties Haunt T-Mobile

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As Donald Trump was headed for election victory in 2016, Sprint Corp. Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure was going the other way: he endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Now Claure needs to sell a deal in Trump’s Washington, and some wonder how his support of Trump’s Democratic opponent will play as he seeks federal permission for a $26.5 billion merger with T-Mobile US Inc.  

“With this administration I’d be more worried than with other administrations, because they seem to make a big deal out of loyalty,” said Larry Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based policy group dedicated to strengthening democratic processes.

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“It should not make a difference, but those contributions are made in the hope they will make a difference when a candidate gets into office,” Noble said in an interview.

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