‘Nowhere to be found’: The internet industry’s D.C. powerhouse recedes (Politico)

Politico: ‘Nowhere to be found’: The internet industry’s D.C. powerhouse recedes. “Silicon Valley’s longtime voice in D.C. is in disarray. The Internet Association has been shedding staff, losing influence on Capitol Hill and shrinking to near-obscurity in media coverage of tech policy debates in Washington, even as the industry faces controversies ranging from alleged monopolization to privacy to how it treats its legions of workers.”

BloombergQuint: Google, Amazon Spent Millions Lobbying While Facing Bipartisan Scrutiny

BloombergQuint: Google, Amazon Spent Millions Lobbying While Facing Bipartisan Scrutiny. “Google spent $2.7 million on federal lobbying in the three months ending March 31, according to disclosures filed with Congress. That’s a 49% increase from the same period a year earlier, and comes as the company has been steadily increasing its Washington investments after a two-year decline.”

CNET: Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback

CNET: Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback. “President Joe Biden wants to spend $100 billion to connect every American to affordable high-speed internet. It’s a lofty goal that’s hard to dispute, right? Lobbying groups representing cable and telecom companies that deliver those services, however, are worried Biden’s hefty spending plan will leave them out of the running for government grants and subsidies that could be used to offset the cost of building new infrastructure.”

Washington Post: Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Washington Post: Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington. “Facebook is working behind the scenes to help launch a new political advocacy group that would combat U.S. lawmakers and regulators trying to rein in the tech industry, escalating Silicon Valley’s war with Washington at a moment when government officials are threatening to break up large companies. The organization is called American Edge, and it aims through a barrage of advertising and other political spending to convince policymakers that Silicon Valley is essential to the U.S. economy and the future of free speech, according to three people familiar with the matter as well as documents reviewed by The Washington Post.”

Big Tech, Big Cash: Washington’s New Power Players (Public Citizen)

Public Citizen: Big Tech, Big Cash: Washington’s New Power Players. “A report Public Citizen released in 2019 (covering up to the 2018 election cycle) detailed how Big Tech corporations have blanketed Capitol Hill with lobbyists and lavished members of Congress with campaign contributions. This is an update of that report, based on data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. Since the 2020 election cycle has ended, Public Citizen reevaluated Big Tech’s influence over the government by analyzing the tech companies’ lobbying spending and campaign contributions.”

BNN Bloomberg: Oracle’s Hidden Hand Is Behind the Google Antitrust Lawsuits

BNN Bloomberg: Oracle’s Hidden Hand Is Behind the Google Antitrust Lawsuits. “With great fanfare last week, 44 attorneys general hit Google with two antitrust complaints, following a landmark lawsuit the Justice Department and 11 states lodged against the Alphabet Inc. unit in October. What’s less known is that Oracle Corp. spent years working behind the scenes to convince regulators and law enforcement agencies in Washington, more than 30 states, the European Union, Australia and at least three other countries to rein in Google’s huge search-and-advertising business. Those efforts are paying off.”

New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout

New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout. “The precarious financial position that some friends of Mr. Trump and other hotel executives are now in has fueled an intense lobbying campaign aimed at persuading the Trump administration, the Federal Reserve and Congress to rescue hundreds of hotel industry players that relied on riskier Wall Street debt to finance their lodging empires before the virus hit.”

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.. “Greg Crist is a D.C. lobbyist who used to wear suits, and go to lunch, and spend his days taking meetings on the Hill, or in his nicely appointed office at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. Now that his office is closed because of the pandemic, Crist is a man who commutes a few hundred feet from his Alexandria, Va., home to his silver Audi, where he spends much of the day taking calls in the only place where the important people on the other end of the line cannot hear his toddler son scream.”

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package. “The House has already signaled that it wants $3 trillion in aid, the Senate appears to want something in the range of $1 trillion, and the White House is now involved in negotiations. The main components on the table for debate are additional payments to individuals, money for state and local governments, extended unemployment insurance and liability protections for companies and other institutions that are trying to reopen. But the package is also likely to be the last opportunity before the election in November for a wide range of industries and interests to push for narrower provisions that would benefit them, setting off intensive lobbying.”

ForeignLobby .com: Ecuador hires Obama PR man to improve reputation battered by coronavirus

Thanks to Wallace S. for bringing this to my attention. ForeignLobby .com: Ecuador hires Obama PR man to improve reputation battered by coronavirus. “Ecuador has hired a Florida public relations firm run by President Barack Obama‘s former Hispanic media director to try to improve the country’s image as it faces the twin blows of the coronavirus epidemic and a global loss of confidence.”

ProPublica: Contractors for Trump’s Controversial $3 Billion Food Aid Program Have Hired a Longtime Lobbyist to Tout Their Work

ProPublica: Contractors for Trump’s Controversial $3 Billion Food Aid Program Have Hired a Longtime Lobbyist to Tout Their Work. “Companies receiving taxpayer dollars as part of President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program hired a longtime lobbyist to push back on criticism that the government is relying on unqualified contractors, such as an event planner.”