Business interests still making politics despite donation ban

Business owners and trade groups are still mobilizing to elect their chosen politicians despite the ban on private-sector donations, according to lawmakers, lobbyists and campaign workers.

They are working in at least four ways: contributions from executives and shareholders as individuals, encouraging employees to vote on the desired candidate, paying for apps and sites that show which are the “best” candidates, and by making the same donations through slush funds, which continued despite the giant corruption scandal unveiled by Operation Car Wash.

Sources say companies are hiring printing suppliers for candidates and defrauding receipts, or buying products or services from the candidates themselves.

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