All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Lobbying’

FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory report under the title “Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House,” which attempts to make the case that Google was able to sway the outcome of the FTC’s antitrust investigation into the company in 2012. The publication recently published a leaked document from the investigation, which appeared to suggest …

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Yelp Discloses Lobbying Efforts, CEO Sells 15,000 Shares

A couple of interesting pieces of Yelp news have surfaced in that the company is lobbying for patent reform and copyright laws, and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has sold nearly 15,000 shares of the company. As first reported by The Hill, the company hired former House staffer Laurent Crenshaw as its first lobbyist a couple months ago. He is a former …

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Are Small Businesses Properly Represented In Online Sales Tax Debate?

The Marketplace Fairness Act has been regularly described as a bill that would help small local businesses compete against the large online businesses that dominate the playing field due to them not having to collect sales tax. This description is a little unfair, however, as it often ignores the growing number of small businesses that are courting consumers online instead …

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Chris Dodd Hints That Piracy Isn’t Theft, Still Wants SOPA

Chris Dodd has all the makings of an effective politician, if, for nothing else, his ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth. Take, for instance, his current stance on both SOPA and piracy. In an interview with Variety.com, Dodd revealed an interesting, change-is-possible thinking when discussing the MPAA’s approach to piracy. From his perspective, perhaps the MPAA’s …

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Google, Facebook Q1 Lobbying Report

According to the U.S. Senate‚Äôs lobbying database, Facebook and Google have hit all-time highs regarding the amount of funds they have committed to lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., for the first quarter of 2012. With Facebook possibly readying its IPO for May 17th, it has almost doubled its lobbying efforts – in Q1 2011, the social network spent roughly $230,000. …

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The Google Strikes Back: Taps Veteran Lobbyist To Counter Recent Political Scrutiny

Google seems to be accepting the realization that when you’re as big as they are, you draw a lot of legal scrutiny when you start tampering with people’s privacy. Perhaps in anticipation of more trouble to come, or to preclude future problems, the company has decided to tone up their political muscles in Washington by appointing former congresswoman Susan Molinari …

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