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  • casp321 casp321 Nov 9, 2009 10:14 AM Flag

    Google and Obama

    Since the start of the year, two senior Google (NSDQ: GOOG) executives have joined the Obama administration—and CEO Eric Schmidt has been appointed to the president’s advisory board on science and technology.

    The groups emphasize that they are not opposed to McLaughlin’s appointment solely because of his ties to Google, noting that “it would be just as inappropriate for a lobbyist from Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) or any similar technology company to be appointed Deputy Chief Technology Officer.”




    ----According to the Journal, Google employees had contributed $487,355 to Obama’s campaign and $20,600 to the campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as of Aug. 31.


    -----Google promotes The Obama Time Capsule project
    ------>While one cannot deny that Obama’s path to the presidency is historical – and the award-winning photography in The Obama Time Capsule on its own merit – this advertisement/political endorsement by Google seems sorely out of place for the search engine conglomerate





    Obama Picks Google Vet “Katie Jacobs Stanton” To Lead ‘Citizen Participation’
    Friday, 30 January 2009

    -----Katie Jacobs Stanton, who was engaged in Google’s elections projects, ...
    ----Also at Google, Stanton managed several real-time vertical products including ..., Blog Search.


    Google in brouhaha with anti-Obama bloggers

    Spam filters of Blogger subsidiary erase posts by accident, stirring up a political uproar
    By Heather Havenstein
    July 1, 2008

    http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks...



    America's New CIO Vivek Kundra Worships Google (Video) (GOOG)
    Eric Krangel|Mar. 5, 2009,

    New information about 34-year-old Vivek Kundra, named this morning by Obama as "America's CIO," is already starting to emerge.

    For one thing Vivek, who will have budgetary authority over one of the biggest IT spends in the world, is an ecstatic fan of Google (GOOG) technology,


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    • There Are No Limits on How Much Lobbyists Can Deliver Through "Bundling"
      By Fredreka Schouten
      WASHINGTON

      Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

      During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lobbyist-money-dems/story?id=8750854



      Most lobbyist money going to Dems
      Posted 10/4/2009

      By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY

      Federal lobbyists helped collect more than $3.7 million during the first six months of 2009, and nearly $2.3 million went to Democrats, the analysis shows. The party now controls both chambers of Congress and the White House.


      Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

      During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

      "I don't think there's any member of Congress who has taken a position because I've bundled for them. That's not the way it works," Podesta said.

      http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=statesmanjournal&sParam=36440866.story



      Consumer Watchdog
      June 3, 2009

      Dear Mr. President,
      According to press reports, Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s Director of Global Public Policy, is to be named
      Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House. We respectfully urge you not to make this
      appointment.
      Mr. McLaughlin’s appointment, we believe, must be evaluated in the context of the strong ethical rules your
      administration has implemented to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. Given
      Mr. McLaughlin’s role over the years at Google, and most recently his position with its political action
      committee, any post at the White House would violate the intent of your executive order.
      As Google’s Director of Global Public Policy, Mr. McLaughlin led a team of corporate policy advocates
      working to influence a wide range of issues in the United States and globally. Simply put, he has been
      responsible for Google’s worldwide lobbying efforts. Mr. McLaughlin was a registered lobbyist in 2007
      working on Google’s behalf. The statement of organization for Google’s political action committee, Google
      Inc. NetPAC, filed on March 16, 2009, lists him as the committee’s assistant treasurer and its designated
      agent.
      ...

      http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/LtrMcLaughlin060309.pdf

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      • Nov. 5 [2008](Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama named a group of loyalists and former aides to President Bill Clinton to lead his transition team in building the new administration that will take power when he is inaugurated.

        The work will be overseen by John Podesta, Clinton's one- time chief of staff, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, chief executive officer of Chicago real estate developer Habitat Co., and Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff.

        http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acKfCGUuMdZs&refer=home



        There Are No Limits on How Much Lobbyists Can Deliver Through "Bundling"
        By Fredreka Schouten
        WASHINGTON

        Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

        During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

 
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