Google’s Washington presense grows

Just two years ago, Google landed on capital hill with one employee. Since that time Google has built that department out to a team of 12 of lobbyists that have close ties within political parties.

So what does the Google Washington team do? They dont just hang out in a lobby all day doing nothing! Ok bad joke, they lobby to try and protect Google’s constantly expanding products and acquisitions from antitrust challenges. Fighting against anything from business dealings and censorships in China, to their recent complaint against Microsoft’s Windows Vista about being anti-competitive. They of course have just won this argument, and Microsoft has agreed to make changes in the Vista OS to make it easier to use non Microsoft search applications.

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