Taking The Politics Out Of Trade Missions

Two cheers for Commerce Secretary William M. Daley, who is depoliticizing the process of inviting CEOs on government-sponsored trade missions abroad. Made a top priority by the late Ronald H. Brown, they have rung up billions of dollars in U.S. exports, from telecommunications gear to aircraft parts to construction services. But too many of the CEOs invited to join Brown wound up becoming large Democratic donors. So Daley has decreed that selection of industry reps for the most sought-after trips will be done by career Commerce employees in an open, competitive process.

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