Google Loses Its Top Man In Washington

Google lobbyist Alan Davidson

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Google’s first full-time lobbyist, Alan Davidson, is leaving the company after more than six years.The National Journal published an email from Davidson to his colleagues which reads in part:

“After six and half years, I’ve decided it’s the right moment for me to leave my current role at the company. Starting later this month, I will be taking a sabbatical to explore other opportunities.”

Google is one of the top tech spenders when it comes to lobbying — it dropped $2.38 million on lobbying in the third quarter, putting it ahead of Microsoft but behind AT&T and Verizon.

AllThingsD reports that Google hopes to replace Davidson with a former member of Congress.

The company has to be active in Washington as it faces more scrutiny: the Senate is asking tough questions about Google’s dominance in search, agencies are taking a close look at Googe’s attempted Motorola and Admeld acquisitions, and it paid a $500 million fine earlier this year to settle a DoJ investigation over accepting illegal search ads from foreign pharmacies not authorised to sell into the U.S.

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