"Google Inc’s fancy new lobbying digs in Washington, D.C. offers up maple-bacon doughnuts, treadmill desks and nap capsules" (Source)
By Mary Thompson, 3D Research Group
How cozy! Susan Molinan, Vice President of Public Relations for Google says: "We are the nexus of Washington and Silicon Valley and in a lot of ways we fine ourselves the interpreters in both directions for the two."
Who elected or appointed Google to be "interpreters in both directions between Silicon Valley (Tech industry) and Washington? Note the legislators attending this grand opening of Google's "digs" in Washington.
Excerpted from the San Jose Mercury News 07/17/2014, Page B07, an article by Stephanie Green, "LOBBYING THE NATION’S GOVERNMENT: Tech, politics intersect at Google’s new digs in D.C.: Silicon Valley Internet giant opens its new office just a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill." This article was also published HERE.
At Tuesday night’s grand opening party for Google’s new Washington, D.C., offices, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina stood near trays of peach cobbler milkshakes and maple-bacon donuts. Chefs bustled at an open kitchen in the center of the vast entertaining space....
Young Googlers milled around meatball stations and a bar with “molecular” gin and tonics, amid hundreds of politicians, lobbyists and other guests. Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, California, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was there, along with Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Dispelling any doubt that visitors were standing at a major intersection of technology and government, it was spelled out in the new office’s ninth-floor lobby. Printed on the floor is a map of Washington — the Google Maps version [SEE BELOW, ed.] — with a big red pin at the address, 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, just north of Capitol Hill.[emphasis added]
“We are the nexus of Washington and Silicon Valley, and in a lot of ways we find ourselves the interpreters in both directions for the two,” said Google’s vice president of public policy, Susan Molinari....
It’s... no secret that the tech giant has become one of America’s top lobbying spenders. In its public unveiling of the new Washington office, Google showed how it may propose to stay ahead of the pack on both fronts....
Google... reported spending $15.8 million in 2013 on lobbying....
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