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Why Musk is likely the most important business player in U.S. politics right now

Posted on AllSides May 30th, 2024
From The Left
Politics, Business, Technology, Elon Musk, Donald Trump
Photo illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios. Photos: The Washington Post, Variety via Getty Images

Elon Musk has three essential ingredients to unrivaled political power among CEOs: control of a massive social media platform, astonishing personal wealth — and now former President Trump's open and willing ear.

Why it matters: That makes Musk arguably the most important business player in modern American politics. He has the power to sway or repel voters — and stands ready to win or lose big, given his companies' deep ties to government.

Driving the news: Musk and Trump have begun speaking several times a month since privately meeting in March at the home...

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