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  Pence turns VP’s office into gateway for lobbyists to influence the Trump administration
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Last EditedRP  Jun 15, 2018 08:58am
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AuthorMichael Scherer, Josh Dawsey and Anu Narayanswamy
News DateFriday, June 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVice President Pence has transformed his office into a new entry point for lobbyists seeking to influence the Trump administration across federal agencies, according to federal records and interviews.

About twice as many companies and other interests hired lobbyists to contact the vice president’s office in Pence’s first year than in any single year during the tenures of Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Richard B. Cheney, filings show.

Among those lobbying Pence and his staff were representatives of major drug companies and energy firms, as well as businesses seeking favorable tax treatment. Many others have contacted his office on more obscure regulatory matters such as a Medicare billing dispute, technology regulations at the Department of Education and regulations at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the records show.
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