Feeds

MS hires spin doctor to lobby for Bush trial backing

The trial creeps ever closer to the campaign

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

MS on Trial Microsoft has retained Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition and now "senior consultant" to the George Bush presidential campaign. The reason, if it needs to be spelt out, is to persuade Bush to speak against the DoJ case. Bush has previously said that Microsoft was "an engine of growth" and that he favoured "innovation over litigation" which has been taken by many to suggest that he would take Microsoft's side if he became president. Bush has also said recently that he would not discuss specific aspects of the Microsoft case because of the ongoing litigation, which must make him a lonely politician. Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said Microsoft had hired Reed to parry a "comprehensive lobbying campaign by our competitors" and to get its point of view across, including to Al Gore, although it is not being revealed how Gore is being won over. If he still needs to be, that is. Gore and Steve Ballmer are buddies, and both on the Harvard Board of Regents. Reed's firm Century Strategies is targeting senior Bush supporters from around the country to persuade them to write to Bush supporting Microsoft. The New York Times received one of the emails from a recipient who disagreed with the campaign. Apparently the firm was offering regional contractors $300 for each letter. But that's not all. The emails included a Microsoft-commissioned poll that just happen to show that Americans do not support the case against Microsoft. This poll was the one by Zogby International that we wrote about recently, and at the time we wondered why it was not being much publicised. John Zogby now confirms that the questions in his poll were written by Microsoft. Curiously, Zogby is a registered Democrat who has found the knack of producing results that make Republicans feel good. Iowa attorney general Tom Miller, who leads the case against Microsoft for the plaintiff states, described his poll as "slanted". ® Related item: MS trial waste of money, says poll for MS-backed outfit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?