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Friday, May 8, 2009

Googling Pryor

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Paul Barton sends in this item from Washington, D.C.

Google is upping its lobbying efforts and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor appears to be one of the targets.  “Should Google Move HQ to DC,” is the headline of piece this week by media blogger Frank Reed.  The blog says the company is increasingly concerned by the perception it has become a monopoly.

Google is now getting firmly entrenched in the DC political machine and has upped its spending on these efforts early on this year. In the first quarter of 2009, Google spent $880,000 on federal lobbying expenses, $370,000 of which was paid to seven outside lobbying firms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Google public policy execs and the other lobbyists met with staffers representing several Congress Members and committees, including aides to Sen. Maria Cantwell, who sits on the Communications, Technology and the Internet subcommittee; Sen. Jeff Sessions, who works on the Judiciary Committee; and Senators Mark Pryor and Mike Enzi, who both sit on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

What ever happened to the Google motto of "Don't be evil?"  Don't lobbying and evil go hand in hand?

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