by Elias Shams
from Awesomedc Website
It was just a few days ago I blogged about Google boosting up their lobbying effort in DC.
To stay competitive with
Google, Facebook is gearing up to pour in more cash into their
lobbying branch in Washington, DC as well. Facebook’s interest and
involvement in DC though goes further as they are in talk with the
intelligence community, Office of the Director of National Security that
advises the President and works with the CIA.
Disclosures released a few days ago show that,
on top of lobbying the usual suspects Internet companies reach out to like
the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. senators and representatives, the
fast-growing social network has also been busy deepening ties to government
intelligence and homeland security agencies.
Although these numbers are tiny compared to
the $1.3 million Google spent on lobbying
just during the first quarter this year, expect them to grow with the
company’s influence and ambitions.
What are they talking about? Privacy concerns,