Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

FCC’s New Diversity Chair Lobbied Against Network Neutrality and Services for Minority Communities

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai selected Julia Johnson, president of a consulting firm called NetCommunications, to lead the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, a group Chairman Pai said he established to champion the voice of every American, “no matter their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”

The latest Google controversy shows how corporate funding stifles criticism

Location:
USA, United States

A Q&A with media critic Douglas Rushkoff, a New York–based writer and professor at Queens College and author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity."

The Hard Consequence of Google’s Soft Power

Location:
Google (DC), 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, United States

Among its peers, Google is an unparalleled lobbyist. Between April and June 2017, Google spent $5.4 million lobbying the federal government, more than double the lobbying budget for Apple, a comparable global behemoth that also has to fend off regulatory scrutiny. The tech giant has also long funded a lengthy roster of think tanks, academics, and nonprofits that grapple with issues that could seriously impact Google’s bottom line, such as privacy, network neutrality, and tax reform.

Want to understand how dominant tech companies have become? Look at the number of issues they lobby on.

Location:
K Street, 1500 K Street, Washington, DC, United States

A Washington Post analysis shows just how broad tech companies’ interests have become in the nation’s capital.

President Trump Hotel at Night: Lobbyists, Cabinet Members, $60 Steaks

Location:
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. , 1100 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

In this first tumultuous summer of the Trump Administration, the Trump International Hotel has cemented its status as a gathering spot for prominent conservatives and a place for the president’s supporters to see, be seen and curry favor with people in power, one $24 chocolate cigar at a time. (The selfies are free.) The hotel — a melting pot for Trump family members, Trump surrogates, tourists, YouTube celebrities, journalists and the occasional white nationalist — has earned that status in no small part because it is home to the only Washington restaurant that President Trump visits.

FCC packs broadband advisory group with big telecom firms, trade groups

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC loaded the 30-member Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee with corporate executives, trade groups and free-market scholars.

Secrecy and Suspicion Surround President Trump’s Deregulation Teams

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

When President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, the Transportation Department turned to people with deep industry ties. The lack of transparency has concerned several top Democratic members of Congress who serve on committees that oversee regulatory matters.

Why the NRA is going after the media

Location:
National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030, United States

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre gave a remarkable speech during which he offered up a vast, loosely aggregated opposition that was the new threat for gun owners to fear: “leftists,” anarchists, criminals and, of course, “national media machine.”

A quick guide to President Trump’s false Twitter claims on July 25

Location:
USA, United States

President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage July 24 and 25, spewing a number of false and misleading claims — many of which we have fact-checked previously.

Hill Republicans warn big tech: tread carefully

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

Republican House leadership told Facebook, Google and Amazon that overly aggressive net neutrality activism could make it harder to work together on other policy issues the firms care about.

For Every 1 Net Neutrality Comment, Internet & Cable Providers Spent $100 on Lobbying Over Decade

Location:
MapLight, 2223 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States

Three of the largest internet service providers and the cable television industry’s primary trade association have spent more than a half-billion dollars lobbying the federal government during the past decade on issues that include network neutrality, according to a MapLight analysis.

Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley

President Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.

Amazon primed for merger battle

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States

The proposed $13.7 billion merger of Amazon and Whole Foods is primed to set off a massive lobbying effort in Washington.

The Past, Present, and Future State of Lobbying

Jul 11 2017 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Location:
American Trucking Association, 430 First St SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

A look at the lobbying profession - where we've been, the current environment, and some expert opinions on where we might be headed

Partners in Broadband Project Recognizes Growing Utility, Electric Co-Op Entrance into Broadband

Location:
USA, United States

Several organizations representing or serving rural telco and electric/utility providers have launched a campaign aimed at facilitating rural broadband deployment partnerships between telecommunications, municipals and electrics/utilities in unserved or underserved communities.

DC and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Donald Trump on June 12, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

Top 5 Groups Lobbying The FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Network neutrality continues to make headlines and draw millions of Federal Communications Commission comments, but the top organizations and companies lobbying the FCC have ...

Limited ethics waivers reflect new freedom for former lobbyists to join government

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Federal agencies issued just a handful of waivers exempting political appointees from conflict of interest rules in the first three months of the administration, a reflection in part of how President Donald Trump has made it easier for lobbyists to work in agencies they once sought to influence.

White House IT Director Gets Lobbying Waiver

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Christopher Liddell, the White House director of strategic initiatives, was granted a 90-day waiver to conduct White House business while his trust divested assets that were deemed to be in conflict with his new position.

White House Details Ethics Waivers for Ex-Lobbyists and Corporate Lawyers

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Trump has given at least 16 White House staff members dispensation to work on policy matters they handled while employed as lobbyists or to interact with their former colleagues in private-sector jobs.

Cable Industry Lobbyists Write Republican Talking Points on Net Neutrality

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Following the vote by the Federal Communication Commission to unwind the net neutrality rules enacted during the Obama administration, House Republican lawmakers received an email from GOP leadership on how to defend the decision. The talking points were created by Kerry Landon, the assistant director of industry grassroots at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, a trade group that lobbies on behalf of Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter, and other cable industry companies.

Cable Operators Reaffirm Commitment to an Open Internet

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
1

As providers of broadband internet access service in many communities across America, we’ve always been committed to an open internet that gives you the freedom to be in charge of your online experience. And that will not change. An open internet means that we do not block, throttle or otherwise impair your online activity. We firmly stand by that commitment because it is good for our customers and good for our business.

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Sinclair’s Tribune Purchase, Path Paved By Trump

During the same week that President Donald Trump fired the man in charge of the investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, agreed to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Sinclair is set to acquire Tribune Media’s 42 stations and a prized asset, WGN America, a basic cable and satellite television channel. With the deal, Sinclair will reach more than 70 percent of American households with stations in many major markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The proposed deal was made possible by a deregulatory vote by the Federal Communications Commission last month. It seems as though the Trump Administration is paving the way for this conservative-leaning group to have greater influence over our civic discourse as it allows increasing ownership consolidation in the industry.

Telecom giants spent $11m on first-quarter lobbying

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Major internet service providers spent more than $11 million on lobbying amid fights over privacy rules and a coming showdown over net neutrality.

Facebook, Google and others are focusing some DC lobbying dollars on fighting President Trump

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Large tech companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft focused some of their lobbying dollars in Washington over the past three months on combating President Donald Trump, as he eyed major changes to the US tax code and imposed new restrictions on foreign immigrants.

Sean Spicer: Lobbyists Deserve Privacy When Visiting the White House

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Barack Obama did not release the names of every visitor to his White House, so President Donald Trump will not release any at all.

Lawmakers Who Championed Repeal of Web Browsing Privacy Protections Raked in Telecom Campaign Cash

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The two lawmakers most responsible for rolling back landmark internet browsing privacy protections were richly rewarded by telecommunication giants. Verizon, AT&T, Cox Enterprises, the US Telecom Association, and CTIA, the trade association for the major cell phone carriers, appeared to single out the original sponsors of the repeal resolution — Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and House Communications Subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — for particularly generous campaign contributions.

Trump's FCC and FTC Chairs Rush in to Defend Big Telco's Assault on Internet Privacy

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines internet users’ essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying.

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