Why Amazon Is Doubling Down on Lobbying

Why Amazon Is Doubling Down on LobbyingAmazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies. The jump puts Amazon’s lobbying efforts in the same league as other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook, and reflects how the company’s expanding business interests have raised the stakes of its relationship with the government.

The issues were wide-ranging from some obvious ones such as online sales taxes and drones. But it also pressed Washington on other matters including computer cloud services, cyber-security and welfare benefits.

The increased lobbying spending is just one sign of Amazon’s interest in courting the nation’s capital. In the fall of 2014, the company moved its Washington policy shop to a much larger office space. Last spring, Amazon picked up Jay Carney, a former White House press secretary.

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