Feeds

Google's top lobbyist quits amid antitrust probe

Davidson leaps from fiery Washington

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Google's top Washington lobbyist, Alan Davidson, has quit the company.

Mountain View's director of public policy said he would step down later this month, having worked at Google since 2005.

His departure is arguably poorly timed given the level of antitrust regulatory scrutiny circling the firm currently.

“After six-and-a-half years, I’ve decided it’s the right moment for me to leave my current role at the company,” said Davidson in an email to Google staff yesterday, according to Bloomberg.

“Starting later this month, I will be taking a sabbatical to explore other opportunities.”

The world's largest ad broker does not have an immediate replacement for Davidson. That said, since he joined as a one-man-policy-band, Google has greatly accelerated its lobbying efforts in Washington.

As noted by Davidson, Google's US public policy wing now boasts “a large regional team with a flagship office”.

This year alone, the company has spent $6m on lobbying, the New York Times reported. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
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?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?