Over on another Washington Post blog, Government Inc., Robert O'Harrow is raising some interesting questions about the relationship between a nonpartisan advocacy group and Northrup Grumman. The group, Citizens Against Government Waste, has declared its support for a new independent coalition that supports the Pentagon's controversial decision to award the $40 billion Air Force fuel tanker contract to Northrop Grumman and its partner, European Aeronautic Defence and Space -- instead of to Boeing. It turns out that the "talking points" being distributed by the advocacy group track almost word for word with a press release from Northrup. Citizens Against Government Waste says it has a long independent track record on the issue. "We are not promoting anyone's interests," a spokeswoman for the group tells O'Harrow.
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