GOVERNMENT: Questions About a Cozy Relationship

THE Secretary of Commerce is the spokesman for business in the Cabinet, and for the past three years Maurice Stans performed that duty with great though often misguided zeal. He fought for quotas on textile imports and large subsidies to shipyards; he argued forcefully against strict consumer protection and antipollution standards that might put an expensive burden on industry. On Feb. 15, Stans resigned to take a new job as chief fund raiser for President Nixon's reelection campaign. With equal ardor, he is now bracing presumably grateful executives for contributions.

In at least three meetings with top businessmen at the...

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