Saturday, July 2, 2011

Google Does D.C.

Don't be evil, but scatter cash around Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.  Google's lobbyist list includes:

Akin, Gump
Capitol Legislative Strategies
Chesapeake Group
Crossroad Strategies
Crowell Strategies
Dutko Worldwide
Franklin Square Group
Gephardt Group
Holland & Knight
McBee Strategic Consulting
Normandy Group
Podesta Group
Prime Policy
RB Murphy & Associates
The First Group
The Madison Group
The Raben Group

"We have a strong story to tell about our business and we've sought out the best talent we can find to help tell it," the Google spokeswoman said.  This group will help Google with an antitrust investigation.  Google's "not evil code" is supposed to apply to suppliers of political muscle.

Failure of a Google contractor or consultant or other covered service provider to follow the Code can result in termination of their relationship with Google.  
Lobbying firms follow a different code, where influence is bought and sold.  Yet, this may not be a surprise to one Google founder