NPR’s Josh Rogin reports that fake public agents are a big problem in the private sector.
They’re often hired by corporations and are hired by lobbyists and other special interests.
In the past few years, many states have enacted laws designed to limit the use of fake public agencies.
Rogin notes that a number of them have also had significant effects on the public interest.
For example, in the state of Texas, the state has adopted a law requiring that a fake agency’s political views be disclosed.
Rogins also reports that there have been some big changes in the way that corporations have been using public-private partnerships, which are legal arrangements in which companies use their public positions to promote a private interest.