Google PACs For Washington

September 18th, 2006 |
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MENLO PARK, September 18, 2006 (PodTech News) — Google filed paperwork Thursday to register a new political action committee, Google NetPac, with the Federal Election Commission. Alan Davidson, Google’s Washington policy counsel, said the political action committee will “support candidates who promote a free and open Internet for our users.” The company will also be reaching out to congressional Republicans, via former Republican senators Dan Coats of Indiana and Connie Mack of Florida, whom it’s hired as outside lobbyists. This is a far cry from Sergey Brin’s “sightseeing” trip to D.C. last June in which he stopped in, wearing jeans, to lobby for network neutrality. PodTech’s Catherine Girardeau spoke with Larry Gerston, a political science professor at San Jose State University and a frequent commentator on tech policy.

REPORTER’S NOTES: Google’s Washington counsel, Alan Davidson, was unavailable for comment, but the blogosphere has plenty to say. Sfist is shocked — shocked! that Google could be doing such an evil thing. It’s so hard to have your pink bubble burst. China, anyone? Join the evangelizing on Technology Evangelist.

And get some back story from rawstory.com.

— Catherine Girardeau

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