Amazon.com Inc. has severed ties with Washington's largest lobbying firm and recruited new consultants following the passing of the Tax Revision Law last year and new challenges in the age of President Donald Trump.
The restructuring took place last Friday, a week before Trump briefly dumped Amazon's stock in a Twitter attack on the world's largest online retailer. Trump claimed that Amazon does not pay enough in state and local sales taxes, injured traders and gets an unfair advantage on the back of the US Postal Service.
Amazon ended its relationship with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP, the law A company that attracts more lobbying revenue on Friday than any other K-Street operation, and Squire Patton Boggs, according to a person who works with the Decisions is familiar. At the latter company, Amazonist lobbyists included former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
In its place, Amazon hired Paul Brathwaite of Federal Street Strategies LLC and Josh Holly of Holly Strategies Inc., according to the person. Both formerly worked as lobbyists for Airbnb Inc. and Oracle Corp. The late Podesta group, once called the "King of K Street," before tangling in Robert Müller's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 201
For years, Amazon has been working to transfer its image from that of a Main Street devastating Internet giants to a job creation facility to billions in new warehouses and offices , hires people by the thousands and helps small businesses grow by selling products in their popular webshop.
In recent months, however, the company has faced a changing landscape in Washington. Trump has directed repeated Twitter barbs to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which has criticized his government. Attacks by the president coincided with the demand for control by outside groups who said that Amazon was too big and should be investigated for anticompetitive practices.
Both Akin Gump, who worked with Amazon in 2014, and Patton Boggs The company, which became known at the beginning of a lobbying boom in 2013, has focused on corporate tax issues, according to its recent lobby revelations.
Driven by the need to overcome regulatory and legislative hurdles -Operating Businesses, Amazon has increased its lobbying spending more than 400 percent over the last five years and shot up nearly $ 13 million in 2017, according to the disclosures , It has influenced more government agencies than any other technology company, as the records show, which is noticeable by Congress and the White House for NASA as it ejects everyone but Google.
While Amazon Focused on Close Focus for Years The online retail giant is now using lobbyists across Washington to launch drone deliveries, sell cloud services to the Department of Defense, and make acquisitions.