Former Boehner Aide Joins Facebook

As part of an overall effort to ramp up its Washington presence, Facebook has hired Greg Maurer, former aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), as director of public policy.

Maurer, who will join Facebook on April 2, has been a registered lobbyist for UPS since 2008. He previously was director of member services for Boehner.

Maurer also worked as coalitions director with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Facebook issued a statement saying: “We’re committed to explaining how our service works; the important actions we take to protect the more than 845 million people who use our service; and the value of innovation to our economy. It’s imperative that we scale our team in Washington so that we have the resources in place to demonstrate to policymakers that we are industry leaders in privacy, security and safety.”

Facebook also announced that it had hired Susan Gonzales as head of community engagement.

Gonzales, vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, has been a registered lobbyist for Comcast since 2004.

Both Maurer and Gonzales will report to Joel Kaplan, vice president of Facebook and head of its D.C. office.

Kaplan registered as a lobbyist for the company last year. He previously served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy in the George W. Bush administration.

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Facebook also hired two new lobby shops in recent weeks. Steptoe & Johnson registered as a lobby firm for the company earlier this month. The Glover Park Group registered in February.

New Facebook lobbyists from Steptoe & Johnson include former Rep. John B. Shadegg (R-AZ) and James D. Barnett, former general counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Company lobbyists from Glover Park include Joel Johnson, who was President Clinton’s senior advisor for policy and communications.

As First Street reported last month, Facebook paid 22 registered lobbyists in 2011. They had worked on the staffs of 16 members of Congress.

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