Roll Call: Google 'eager' to work with Republicans

Published: Thursday September 14, 2006

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Google is "eager" to work with the Republican Party and has boosted its presence in Washington, D.C., according to Roll Call.

"Google, one of the fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley, is ramping up its political clout in Washington, D.C., while taking a series of steps to court Republicans," report Tory Newmyer and Paul Kane for Roll Call. "The company is filing paperwork today to open its first-ever political action committee, and later this month, it will make an endangered GOP incumbent the beneficiary of its first-ever Washington fundraiser."

"The search-engine giant this month also deepened its ties to Republicans by inking a deal with former GOP Sens. Dan Coats (Ind.) and Connie Mack (Fla.) to lobby on its behalf," the article continues.

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On Wednesday, the company, with TechNet, will co-host its first-ever Washington fundraiser, on behalf of Rep. Heather Wilson (N.M.), one of the most endangered GOP incumbents and a supporter of Google’s position on “net neutrality,” the key Internet regulatory issue that got Google entangled with the phone and cable companies. EBay, the online auction company, is also a co-host.

The company’s PAC, officially known as Google NetPAC, is filing its paperwork with the Federal Election Commission today. In another sign of an effort at corporate political balance, Google NetPAC has retained Ben Ginsberg, the top political lawyer at Patton Boggs and one-time counsel to both Bush-Cheney 2000 and Bush-Cheney ’04. Ginsberg is serving as an outside adviser to the PAC, ensuring that it adheres to campaign finance laws.

Advisers to the company say the PAC likely will become the key to funneling money to GOP lawmakers, given the Democratic leanings of its donor-employees.