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Mel Watt, lobbyist donors and government favors

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Government shouldn’t tax foreign goods any more than domestic goods. But it does. But there’s also a standard process by which congressmen request special tariff waivers for the import of some products. This is a recipe for cronyism. Lobbying firm Venable pushed for a “duty suspension” for a North Carolina firm that wanted to import materials. Congressman Mel Watt introduced bills to grant such...

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