The White House Pillars getting painted Blue, Red, Yellow and Green by Google

In an effort to influence online advertising regulation and other issues, Google spent $1.34 million in Washington, D.C. on federal lobbying during the second quarter, up 41 percent from the same period a year ago, according to nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog.

The company now has spent $2.72 million lobbying during the first half of the year, according to reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.

Other issues Google has been and continue lobbying for include patent reform, consumer privacy issues, cyber security as it relates to cloud computing, health information and privacy, renewable energy policies, censorship, cloud computing for government and broadband access.

Google also hired outside lobbying firms in the quarter, spending $150,000 on the Podesta Group, $120,000 on Dutko Worldwide, $90,000 on the Franklin Square Group, $60,000 on the Liberty Partners group and $50,000 on McBee Strategic Consulting.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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