Businessmen in Government

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Conflicts of Interest in Business Government

Democratic Attacks on Eisenhower Appointees

Attacks on the Eisenhower administration as a businessman's government—opened with the President's first cabinet appointments—are expected to have an important place in Democratic campaign strategy for next year's elections. Recent statements by prominent Democrats indicate that their party will bear down hard on the conflicts of interest allegedly created by liberal use of big businessmen in government posts.1

The October number of the Democratic Digest, official publication of the Democratic National Committee, accused the administration of putting “in one important position after another… men… whose lives… have been spent advancing the interests of their firms and industries” and of giving them “the chance to shape governmental policy to their business point of view.” Former President Truman, ...

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