From the story:
A government-supervised group representing the egg industry overstepped its authority by waging a two-year “crisis” campaign to halt the growth of a San Francisco vegan mayonnaise startup, joking about putting “a hit” on its CEO and deleting emails in an apparent attempt to cover its tracks, a federal investigation has found.
The investigation, sparked by documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by an Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher and his Washington attorney, reveals how the American Egg Board and the $7-billion egg industry perceived Just Mayo, an egg-less mayonnaise, to be a threat — and the measures it took to try to crush its manufacturer, now called Hampton Creek.
The American Egg Board, an industry-funded promotion group overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s marketing branch, spent at least $59,500 to counter the product’s publicity advances, including hiring a top-tier Chicago public relations firm to plant “USDA approved” pro-egg messaging with bloggers the firm considered “influential,” according to investigation documents.
Other board efforts included pop-up ads promoting eggs — usually the board’s “Incredible Edible Egg” logo — that would outrank other content when Internet users searched such terms as “Beyond Eggs,” the initial name for Hampton Creek, or its founder, Josh Tetrick, according to the internal investigation by the Agriculture Department.Republicans tell us that government regulations are killing business.
Big business loves big government. Big government doles out subsidies and protects big business from competition.
I don't know if Trump can stop this.
I do know that Missus Jebbio McCruzney Clinton will continue it -- provided the industry puts enough eggs in her basket at the Clinton Foundation.
Oh, and the story on how the government targeted a company ended, "Penalties for the behavior were mostly confined to additional training in ethics and procedures. No criminal charges were made."
Ethics in government doesn't exist.
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