The Technology 202 Google’s lobbying shakeup signals its readying for Washington battle

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Google gave about half a dozen of its largest Washington lobbying firms the ax, the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Ted Mann report. Last year, five of the largest U.S. tech companies poured a combined $64.2 million into federal lobbying efforts, according to ethics reports. The companies have also been trying to hire experienced Washington insiders, as well as experts who understand antitrust issues. Facebook has been seeking to take on more antitrust lawyers in recent months as calls to break up the companies mount. You are reading The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.

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 At a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifying, policy attorney Ian Madrigal is also Monopoly Man who photo bombs high profile congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday December 11, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

An overhaul of Google's lobbying operations signals it’s preparing for a new battle in Washington, tech industry analysts say.   

Google gave about half a dozen of its largest Washington lobbying firms the ax, the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Ted Mann report. The firings come amid a broader effort to modernize its federal government operations as the company’s internal staff has also undergone a shake-up — with several vacancies remaining, including its chief Washington lobbyist position. 

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