Lobbying on Armenia genocide bill in USA - company responses & non-responses

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the six companies named in the following article to respond / provide further comment:

"Companies lobby (quietly) on Armenia genocide bill", Stephen Singer, Associated Press, 13 Jun 2009

- BAE Systems: Did not respond. The article says that representatives of the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems "referred questions to the Aerospace Industries Association. The trade group defended Turkey as a key U.S. ally and cited 'large and growing commercial ties' between the two nations."

- Chevron: Declined to comment further.  The article says: "Chevron said it lobbies on a range of interests, 'including international issues that fall outside of a narrow energy policy focus.'"

- Goodrich: Declined to comment.

- Northrop Grumman: Declined to comment further.  The article says that representatives of Northrop referred questions to the Aerospace Industries Association. The trade group defended Turkey as a key U.S. ally and cited "large and growing commercial ties" between the two nations."

- Raytheon: Declined to comment on the article, sending the following statement: "Our lobbying activities are fully disclosed and we don't comment on them."

- United Technologies: United Technologies sent the following statement, expanding on the quote provided in the article: "As a global corporation, UTC has monitored this issue as it does many other policy issues in Washington D.C.  The corporation provided information sought by policymakers that helped round out their understanding of the international trade and national security interests involved.

 

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