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Business groups try to avoid partisan crossfire

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Business groups try to avoid partisan crossfire
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Business groups are facing a new challenge as they look to advance their agendas in an increasingly polarized Washington and ahead of a contentious presidential election.

K Street had expectations for some bipartisan actions in 2020, but those hopes are on hold after the feud between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a turn for the worse at the State of the Union address. Now businesses and their lobbyists are worried about being drawn into Washington’s heated political crossfire. “No matter who is in the White House, companies don’t want to be too political,” said Sam Geduldig, partner at CGCN Group. “We saw the same with Obama and Bush … most businesses don’t want to be viewed as choosing sides or playing politics.” […]

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