[Abstract] Google has dismissed several large lobbying companies, and the payments to these companies account for nearly half of Google’s annual lobbying expenses of more than $20 million.
Tencent Technology News, June 13 news, according to foreign media reports, as US regulators prepare to conduct a more rigorous review of Google's business, as an important part of Google's global government affairs and policy reform, Google has dismissed 6 A large lobbying company.
According to people familiar with the Google strategy in Washington, in the past few months, Google has adjusted the roster of lobbying companies and reorganized the Washington policy team. At the same time, Google lost two executives who helped Google build the largest lobbying team in Washington. About half of Google’s annual lobbying expenses of more than $20 million are paid to these dismissed lobbying companies.
People familiar with the matter said the move was part of Google’s continued modernization of its impact business over the past 15 years, but at the same time, Google is facing a number of government agencies’ investigations into its operations. It has recently been reported that the US Department of Justice is preparing to conduct an antitrust investigation against the technology giant. Congress and state attorneys are also reviewing Google’s practices. In the campaign, some Democratic presidential candidates called for the spin-off of Google.
According to people familiar with the matter, in an increasingly rigorous review, Alphabet's Google is adjusting lobbyists and other Washington advisory teams. Lobbyists who no longer work for the company include Charlie Black, a long-time Republican strategist, and Charlie Black, a company with a strong Republican and Democrat, including a more conservative Republican. Contact Off Hill Strategics.
Google’s annual spending on lobbying since 2005
People familiar with Google's restructuring efforts say that after years of rapid global growth, the impact of the evolution of the technology giant has become obsolete. The people said that the company has comprehensively adjusted its policy team to better reflect the global impact of its business ambitions and deal with potential entanglements with regional and market regulators and legislators.
These initiatives are seen as part of Google's new policy and government relations director Karan · Karan Bhatia's restructuring plan. Bhatia was a senior trade representative of the US President George · W· George W. Bush, and later served as a senior executive at General Electric.
Bhatia was appointed last summer as Google’s vice president of policy and government relations. In the past year, he has been re-evaluating Google's influence business, which has grown into one of the largest such businesses in the corporate world. At the end of last year, former Republican Congressman Susan · Susan Molinari said she would resign as head of the Google Washington business, which has not yet appointed a successor.
Earlier this year, Bhatia asked some employees to re-apply for their jobs, which caused a shock in Google's policy department. One of the executives who left Google during the reorganization was Adam · Adam Kovacevich, who heads Google's public policy department. Kovačević was once the core figure of Google's efforts to shape cognition and rules, and these efforts have been beneficial to the search and advertising giant's business.
Most notably, Kovačević led Google to block the 2012 US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the company, whether it used anti-competitive strategies. He also helped launch a series of advocacy groups to promote public policy issues that benefit Google.
In 2006, the year before Kovačević joined Google, Google spent $800,000 on lobbying and paid for four lobbying companies. According to the public lobbying data compiled by the Center For Responsive Policy, in 2018, Google had 100 lobbyists, hired nearly 30 companies, and spent $21.7 million to lobbied Washington to make it the most expensive mid-game for US companies. the company.
Google has also donated millions of dollars to think tanks, political entities, universities, and other third-party groups that make large amounts of documents, generate data, and host policy meetings that Google uses to help shape privacy, network neutrality, and autonomous driving. Debate on issues such as cars.
At the same time, Google employees helped the company become one of the biggest sources of funding for the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. According to Google's data, in the 2018 congressional elections, the PAC funded by Google employees donated $1.9 million to the political candidates of the two parties.
Donations from employees made Google the largest source of campaign funding for Obama's two presidential campaigns, and the company's employees were also listed as the main source of funding for Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. The center found that Google employees donated a total of $1.6 million to Clinton's campaign team.
After Obama took office, Google and its Washington lobby team achieved a series of victories. Most importantly, Obama's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) refused to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google in 2013 after a long investigation. Technically, the institution is an independent institution.
Google also obtained favorable network neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), vetoed federal privacy regulations in Congress, and ensured highway safety regulators' friendly rulings on autonomous vehicles.
But in the past few years, Google has encountered resistance from Republicans and Democrats, and its public image has been affected by privacy issues. Critics say Google has failed to regulate the content on its platform, especially in the context of the 2016 election.
Regional leaders under the new architecture include the United States and Canada, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the countries that the company sees as emerging markets. The new arrangement also includes a policy team that will continue to lobby governments on key areas of the company, including privacy and dealing with controversial content on its platform. (Tencent Technology Review / Jinlu)