THE INFLUENCE GAME: Big Biz has a friend in Locke

Filed under: Uncategorized — May 1, 2009 @ 8:00 am

“Gary Locke is new to the Commerce Department but already known to corporate America, which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help re-elect him as Washington’s governor. Fortune 500 companies and other businesses gave at least $800,000 to the Democrat’s campaigns for governor, including at least $500,000 for his easy 2000 re-election, according to an Associated Press review of his campaign finance reports. The rest was split between his 1996 race and his 2004 campaign. He ultimately abandoned his third bid and refunded those donations. His donors included Microsoft and Boeing, two home-state companies that Locke tried hard to please and whose issues he will almost certainly encounter as a Cabinet secretary.”

 

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