Thursday, September 21, 2006

Google will flex political muscles; PAC to raise money for causes, candidates; lobbyists on board (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Under fire on Capitol Hill, Google Inc. has boosted its political muscle by creating its first political action committee while taking steps to reach out to Republicans.

The Mountain View search-engine company joins a sizable club of corporate titans that have established major political operations in Washington in hopes of influencing legislation and votes.

"Google probably learned that to be successful, you have to make campaign contributions," said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles and an expert on money in politics. "I'm sure they've been told time and time again by everyone in Washington that 'If you want to play, you play by our rules.' ''