This post was also written by Gunjan Talati and Joelle E.K. Laszlo.

Guilt by association seems to be a growing trend in government contracts. Under this trend, states are starting to use their contracting authority to promote U.S. foreign policy and impose mandatory debarment for policy violators. In the latest example, companies doing business with Michigan must now be sure to stay away from business dealings with Iran, or they could find themselves debarred from state contracts for three years.

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