Boeing and GE really really want to keep the taxpayer underwritten Export-Import Bank. It’s a sweet deal for them and they (along with a few other companies) have deployed an army of lobbyists in an effort to keep the boondoggle alive. In this case it appears that one of GE’s lobbyists stepped over the blurry ethical line. Not that this isn’t to be expected. There’s a lot of taxpayer money potentially at stake.
(From The Washington Free Beacon)
A General Electric employee pressed a Wisconsin legislator to falsely blame the closing of a facility there on the expiration of federal subsidies, the legislator said this week.
State Rep. Scott Allen said in a Monday statement that GE government relations executive Patrick Theisen asked Allen to blame the closing of a Waukesha engine manufacturing facility on the recent expiration of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
“Mr. Theisen was eager to connect me with his public relations department to help me gin up a press release blaming Congress and demanding they act,” Allen said.