Lobbying Under Disguise
To make their voices louder in Washington, corporations and trade associations pay "watchdog" groups and columnists to spread their messages. But readers and viewers aren't told.
A special report by Times Washington Bureau Chief Bill Adair.

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Part 2
  • Corporate spin can
    come in disguise
    (Sept. 10)
    To get their views in the mainstream, some companies help finance columnists, whose work can appear in print as independent opinion.

  • See graphic
  • Times has run them, too (Sept. 10)
    The St. Petersburg Times has published three columns by James K. Glassman and another writer from Tech Central Station about issues affecting ExxonMobil, AT&T and McDonald's.

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