In February, at the behest of corporate donor Dow Chemical, Trump signed an executive order to roll back federal regulations, including those that enforce laws to protect human health from toxic pesticides. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting public comments on which regulations to repeal.
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In Trump’s first three months, Dow Chemical spent $5.2 million on lobbying, making it the seventh-biggest spender among all corporations buying influence in Washington. At $13.5 million in 2016, Dow’s lobbying expenditures top all if its competitors, including Bayer, Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta. Dow also donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.
Being a big spender has given Dow “extraordinary access” to the administration. CEO Andrew Liveris was appointed to head a White House manufacturing council. After Trump signed the executive order for a regulatory rollback, he handed the pen to Liveris.
Greasing palms is just a cost of doing business for Dow, and a relatively minor one. The company reported $888 million in net income for the first quarter of 2017, in its April 27 earnings statement.