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 1989 - 2001: Enron and Washington
 Lobbying and donations on Capitol Hill

One question that was already being asked before Enron crashed was this: how much influence did it have on Capitol Hill?

Enron certainly wasn't the only company lobbying for energy deregulation, but deregulation helped Enron establish the trading markets that became its core business.

Directors built relationships with both Democrats and Republicans. Kenneth Lay himself had strong personal ties to two Republican presidents, George Bush Snr and his son George W Bush.

As Enron expanded, there was little scrutiny of how it was managing the expansion. But when it began to unravel, the questions began to pour in.

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