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Capitol Report: New study of White House visits finds corporate lobbying pays off

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Then–President Barack Obama with his most frequent corporate visitor, Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell.

Visiting the White House paid off for corporate titans in terms of improving their chances of winning new government contracts, securing more regulatory relief and boosting the value of a company’s stock, a new study finds.

The study, by Jeffrey Brown and Jiekun Huang of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looked at White House visitor data from 2009 through 2015 and at the top executives of S&P Composite 1,500 companies who had face-to-face meetings.

The study found 2,286 meetings between corporate executives and White House officials.

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