Opinion: Boeing’s Political Ties and the Decision to Ground the 737 Max

The New York Times

“It’s a huge loophole,” said Craig Holden, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen who has helped states write pay-to-play laws more restrictive than the federal-level bans. The corporate PAC workaround is “clearly bad, policy-wise,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog. He noted that if nothing else, it creates “the appearance of the government contractor buying influence despite the contractor contribution ban.”

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