President Donald Trump's D.C. hotel has become a favorite with favor-seeking lobbyists.

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There’s nothing novel about business interests attempting to gain favorable treatment from lawmakers or government entities through campaign contributions or vigorous lobbying, but corporations and foreign governments seem to have found an attractive new venue through which they hope to buy influence: Trump International Hotel.

The upscale hostelry, which is just a short walk from the White House, has been doing brisk business since Donald Trump became president. Among recent guests are executives from T-Mobile who have spent $195,000 at the hotel since last April’s announcement of the company’s merger with Sprint — a deal that still needs government approval. Their patronage could be perfectly innocent, of course. Perhaps they just like the crisp sheets and the well-stocked mini bar.

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