Google's Gotten Really Good At Lobbying

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ERIC SCHMIDT
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during a session with students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Google announced Monday that it will partner with the university on a program to encourage the innovation and the entrepreneurship.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nine years ago, the company opened a one-man lobbying shop, disdainful of the capital’s pay-to-play culture. Since then, Google has soared to near the top of the city’s lobbying ranks, placing second only to General Electric in corporate lobbying expenditures in 2012 and fifth place in 2013.

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