01 April 2012

Tech companies new lobbying force in DC

Editorial:  The one thing about Washington, D.C.--money talks. Tech companies would prefer to be left alone and allowed to innovate freely.  But the Washington bureaucracy has other things in mind--as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and others have found out.  The only way to control the governmental bureaucratic mind-set is to fight fire with fire--hence hire lobbyists and "play the Washington game." No wonder the average American distrusts Washington . . . 

Tech companies new lobbying force in DC
New York Post
By GARETT SLOANE In the last few months, the tech industry has won some of the biggest debates and legislative battles in Washington, from protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act to last week's passage of the JOBS Act. With SOPA, Google led the charge to ...Advocating bills like SOPA and JOBS cost the tech industry $125 million last year, according to OpenSecrets.org.
This is just the beginning of tech’s influence, said one source, who sees all of K Street looking to woo Silicon Valley dollars.Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/flexing_muscles_tezyRbXXee4BuGpqV9StUK#ixzz1qp8HqDM5 

New York Post 

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USA TODAY

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The Guardian

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ValueWalk
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Washington Post
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BBC News
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BBC News

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PCWorld
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