WASHINGTON – Jeb Bush's years in corporate America could trigger complications for him if he wins the White House.
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The Associated Press reviewed companies that paid Bush as a board member or adviser. It found many have hired and continue to hire lobbyists on issues in Washington before federal agencies and the White House. Others have been fined. Some expect to conduct business deals beyond November 2016 directly affected by U.S. government decisions.
That nexus raises potentially thorny questions for Bush if he were elected president: How would he respond when one of the companies that paid him seeks favorable treatment from the federal government?
Such potential entanglements could hamper any presidential candidate with a history in corporate America, including Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose family foundation was backed by corporate interests.