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Hedging its bets, Google picks Romney backer [Molinari] as new top Washington lobbyist
The Hill - Hillicon Valley tech report ^ | February 26, 2012 | Brendan Sasso

Posted on 02/26/2012 4:19:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

By hiring former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), a supporter of Mitt Romney, to head its lobbying team, Google is hedging its bets on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

The Internet giant already has close connections with the Obama administration. Company Chairman Eric Schmidt advised Obama during his 2008 campaign and is a frequent guest at the White House. Google employees are the third biggest contributors to Obama's re-election campaign, according to campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

But with so much at stake in legislation and policy, Google wants to be on good terms with the administration—no matter which party is in power.

.....Molinari has a history of antagonism with Gingrich.

Her husband, former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), was forced to give up his leadership post after he led an aborted coup to topple Speaker Gingrich in 1997. He eventually resigned from Congress.

In her 1998 book, Molinari portrayed Gingrich as an emotional egomaniac.

But regardless of why Molinari went on the attack against Gingrich, Romney is unlikely to forget her support.

"Obviously, if Romney does win the White House, then Google would feel like it's in a very good place," Viveca Novak, a spokeswoman for the Center for Responsive Politics, said.....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: establishment; google; internet; romney2012
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1 posted on 02/26/2012 4:19:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yet another reason I use Bing...

2 posted on 02/26/2012 4:24:49 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

money follows money

3 posted on 02/26/2012 4:26:40 AM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Here’s the quid pro quo for Molinari. Think she’ll get a FedGov job if Mutt is elected?

4 posted on 02/26/2012 5:11:03 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: outofsalt

Barf Alert!

Arizona’s Gov. Brewer endorses Romney

By Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times

Sunday, February 26, 2012
**FILE** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Associated Press)**FILE** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Associated Press)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he is the most electable candidate in the field.

“He’s the man that can carry the day,” Mrs. Brewer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

5 posted on 02/26/2012 7:26:30 AM PST by KeyLargo
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