Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay are launching their own lobby
GOOGLE, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay form a lobbying association called The Internet Association, on Wednesday (25/7). daily The Washington Post said, the reason for the formation of The Internet Association to improve the company's fourth voice in Washington. In order for the U.S. federal government to pay attention to the U.S. technology industry is big but not regulated. four companies that currently face regulatory delays that affect their businesses, such as privacy legislation, reform of the sales tax in the network (online), cyber security, law anti-piracy and copyright laws. The Internet Association is expected to attend in September and formally announced the list of supporters and members. Former staff director of the Legislative Committee on U.S. Trade and Energy, Michael Beckerman, will lead the association's Sillicon Valley.
But unlike the Internet Defense League, which seems more concerned for the protection of individual freedoms on the Internet, the Internet Association seems rather wanting to specialize in issues affecting the digital economy. In other words, it's simply an interest group responsible for organizing the defense of the net economy.
Google has broken records by spending no less than 3.92 million dollars in lobbying for the second quarter alone. By comparison, Amazon has raised 690,000 dollars during the same period to assert its interests to politicians while eBay is a notch below, with a lobbying expenditure of 400,600 dollars.