Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 22:40 UTC
In the News "The increase is a sign that the search engine can no longer afford to operate in a Silicon Valley vacuum. For years, Google had a reputation for indifference inside the Beltway. It took Google until May 2005 to set up a presence in Washington and even then, its headquarters consisted of a one-man lobbying shop in suburban Maryland." Do the Americans among you just accept this? Is this normal? Why aren't you guys turning to the streets when your country is quite clearly being bought left and right? I mean, I'm sure this happens everywhere, but on this scale? Gives me the creeps.
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They learned from Microsoft's lesson
by MollyC on Tue 24th Apr 2012 00:35 UTC
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

Microsoft had zero lobbying in DC when the DOJ came after them; after the DOJ had been lobbied by Sun, Netscape, Oracle, who had hugely funded lobbying operations (while Microsoft had none).

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

That's why it's so shocking Google took so long to establish an lobbying effort.

Politics is a dirty game, and if you're not trying to get the dealer to load the deck, you're doing it wrong.

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transami Member since:
2006-02-28

That's exactly why Google got dragged into lobbying too. Basically our government says, "Hey, big company XYZ, inc. is not paying their fair share of graft money. Let's litigate the hell out of them. Then they'll know how to play the game."

It's a sick sick system.

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