E-mails going around claim that Brazilian-owned Embraer won the Air Force light-air-support aircraft contract as a “huge pay-off” to Democratic donor George Soros, after a competition from which Hawker Beechcraft was inexplicably excluded. But Snopes.com and truthorfiction.com found no information that Soros holds an ownership stake in Embraer or has had any direct investment dealings with it. Snopes.com reported instead that his status as a leading shareholder of China’s Hainan Airlines Group makes him, at most, an Embraer customer and therefore does not put him in a position to profit from the Embraer contract.
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