Emails show Google’s close relationship with the White House
For years, #Google has been building a lobbying machine that outpaces its Silicon Valley peers, turning the internet giant into a major Washington presence. In 2014, the company surpassed #AT&T, #Verizon, and #Comcast in lobbying spending dollars, and it’s been particularly adept at building relationships with the White House. As of March 2015, Google averaged about one meeting a week with the Obama administration, and Google staff frequently move into jobs with the White House, or vice versa. But the figures on meetings and revolving doors don’t always show how Google maneuvers those relationships when facing a fight.