CISPA Lobbying and Protecting Privacy in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Cyber Threats and Malware

SOPA and PIPA are not the only online privacy debates on Capitol Hill. Last November, a billed aimed at protecting against cyber threats, called Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was introduced. Since its introduction, CISPA has come under fire for violating boundaries of internet privacy and neutrality. It is still unclear if President […]

The Internet World Storms Washington

This Congress’s high-profile debate on legislation aimed at combating online piracy unleashed a flood of lobbying spending and maneuvering that brought to light the powerful forces of the Internet world. Google, Yahoo, and many other Internet-related businesses achieved what some considered a hard earned — and high priced — coup against the powerful entertainment […]

Tech Industry – Q1 2012 Lobbying

The Q1 2012 filing deadline passed – it’s time to look at the companies making moves in Washington.  Here is quick look at the lobbying efforts of some of the major technology companies.  Facebook, Google and Apple all increased their lobbying from the previous quarter while Microsoft, Oracle, and Yahoo! all decreased their lobbying from […]

Google Hires Former Rep. Susan Molinari as VP of Public Policy and Government Relations

Google has been making noise in the lobbying world.  Back in January, Anna Palmer of Politico wrote that Google was looking to hire a former Member as its chief Lobbyist.   As we discussed a few weeks ago, Google’s lobby expenditures shot up dramatically in 2011. Today, Google announced that they had hired Former Rep. Susan […]

Facebook Lobbyists – All About Connections

Facebook is making a  lot of friends on Wall Street.  But what about D.C.?  Along with their own lobbying staff, Facebook paid 3 registered lobbying firms to lobby the federal government on  its behalf in 2011.   All told, 22 registered lobbyists lobbied on behalf of Facebook in 2011.  A look at the work histories of these lobbyists shows they are very […]

Markham Erickson – The Man Fighting for the Internet’s Freedom

Wednesday’s Internet “blackout” by many leading Internet companies — including Google, Wikipedia, and, among others — brought widespread public attention to online piracy legislation being considered on Capitol Hill and satisfaction to at least one leading lobbyist as it appeared to cause a further scramble among lawmakers in both the House and Senate. “We’re […]

A Look At The Companies Expected To Lobby SOPA

As tech titans line up against 112 H.R.3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  The First Street Research Group takes a look at the lobbying activity around a similar bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and passsed in September, 112 S.968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011.  The lobbying activity on […]

Quarter Snapshot: Change Coming to Yahoo?

Speculation around a possible sale of Yahoo has been rampant in recent weeks.  Additionally, ABC News and Yahoo recently announced that they are teaming up and launching a strategic online news alliance.  Here is a quick look at Yahoo’s recent lobbying activity. Yahoo Lobbying 2011 Q3 Spent $620,000 on its lobbying activity Hired 4 outside […]