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Prominent economist wrote op-ed about Amazon's new headquartersHQ2 at company's suggestion

Aug 09, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs
Board and Executive Moves

A prominent Washington-area economist wrote an opinion piece welcoming the arrival of Amazon's new headquarters in Northern Virginia at the suggestion of a company official who hoped to build public support for the project before a key Arlington County Board vote, emails show.

Stephen S. Fuller, a professor at George Mason University, also showed the article to Amazon public relations staff before publication and invited them to suggest changes - although he rejected their revisions.

"I want to [be] helpful to your - Amazon's - mission and objectives with respect to its move to Arlington," Fuller wrote on March 1 to Jill Shatzen Kerr, Amazon's policy communications manager, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act reques...