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Enron and the Clintonites

The Clintonites may have been more accommodating than the Bushies.

Jan 21, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 18 • By DAVID BROOKS
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When corporations make political donations, the money is generally not used to lobby for free market reforms--although Enron did some of that. Rather, the money is used to encourage French-style dirigisme. It is used to lure government into bed with private commercial interests. That's not an effect conservatives should cheer.

David Brooks is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.