Matthew Sanderson Comments on Lobbying at Trump Hotel
America’s vaping industry has in recent years taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump’s doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials.
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“Whether it is foreign governments or e-cigarette companies, there is a perception that staying at a Trump hotel benefits the patron in some way,” said Matthew Sanderson, a former legal adviser to several Republican presidential campaigns. “This cuts to the heart of why there are concerns about the president having active business interests.”
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