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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Misleading article title
by anevilyak on Tue 24th Apr 2012 14:07 UTC
anevilyak
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2005-09-14

While I hate lobbying as much as anyone else, it should be pointed out that a huge chunk of the spending by Google highlighted in that article was actually spent on anti-SOPA efforts, and thus had nothing to do with DOJ scrutiny.

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RE: Misleading article title
by nej_simon on Tue 24th Apr 2012 16:42 in reply to "Misleading article title"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Exactly. Google spent some $4 million on lobbying to stop SOPA/PIPA.

Ars technica concludes:
If the company chooses not to continue the fight against CISPA and other bills similar to SOPA and PIPA that rise in their wake, its spending may drop off for the rest of the year.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/04/google-on-track-to-outs...

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