Well, things in the global influence game have obviously gotten out of control.
The rats have climbed up from the basement. That is, boundaries have been crossed. What exactly those boundaries are has yet to be determined.
But meanwhile, there is the second high profile career collapse as a result of payments made to Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Novartis general counsel Felix Ehrat has retired. That Swiss drug company had paid $1.2 million to Cohen's shell firm for access to the U.S. president.
All this, of course, has put in play a hard look at what is ethical and legal in seeking influence in Washington D.C.
The drug industry has already been under scrutiny. One focus has been how it marketed opioids. In Ohio, where the epidemic is severe, the attorney general contended in a lawsuit there had been inadequate warning about addiction. That public nuisance lawsuit is being settled.
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