Morgan Stanley, the Carlyle Group and Credit Suisse are among a group of financial institutions that want to increase private investment's role in improving the nation's infrastructure. The coalition members say there are billions in private funds available for airports, highways and other transportation projects. "It's really a perfect fit with [Barack] Obama's objectives," said Douglas Fried, a partner at Chadbourne & Park. "Here you have the opportunity to use private investment in infrastructure to create millions of jobs."

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