Google curtails lobbying amid tech probes – report

Wednesday, 12. June 2019 16:00

Stricter regulatory and political oversight prompted Google Llc to end cooperation with six or so biggest lobbying companies as part of its reorganization efforts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, quoting unnamed sources. The said firms apparently swallow half of the $20 million budget for relations with governments.

Alphabet Inc.'s flagship unit is said to have introduced the changes in the last few months including an overhaul of the unit in Washington assigned with the tasks. The article adds two executives from the United States capital have exited the search giant. However, insiders claimed the shakeup is an ongoing effort toward "modernization." The company is waiting for a possible antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice while lawmakers and Democratic presidential hopefuls are adding pressure and state attorneys general are starting their own reviews of its business.

The news organization noted the restructuring is being conducted under Karan Bhatia, who became the head of public policy a year ago.

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