Getting the Fix: Lawmakers' Targeted Favors for Top Donors

by - May 14, 2013

Last year, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) took an unusual legislative interest in beauty products: She sponsored three different bills asking for a reduction in tariffs on certain eyelash curlers, pedicure and manicure sets and nail clippers. According to paperwork filed by Hagan's office, the legislation would benefit Revlon. That company has a manufacturing plant in Oxford, N.C., but Hagan has another connection with Revlon --  MacAndrews & Forbes, the conglomerate that owns Revlon, was the 19th largest donor to her campaign committee in 2012. The company's PAC gave her campaign $10,000 and individuals affiliated with the company (including two lobbyists working for the firm) gave another $9,500. Revlon's PAC gave another $2,500 to Hagan's leadership PAC.

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