“When top White House officials want to know what Google executives are thinking, they don’t need to go near a computer – since company officials have been hovering at the White House about once a week through the course of the Obama administration, White House logs reveal,” Geoff Earle report for The Daily Mail.
“The tech giant’s top lobbyist, Johanna Shelton, has visited the White House a total of 128 times since President Obama got elected in 2009,” Earle report. “Shelton visited the White House more than any top 50 lobbying firm, according to White House visitor logs analyzed by a nonprofit called the Google Transparency Project that is critical of the company’s influence.”
“Shelton met four times with President Obama himself, clocking more White House face time than any other industry lobbyist,” Earle report. “Among the top officials she met with are longtime Obama pal and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, chair of the council of economic advisors Jason Furman, and National Economic Council director Gene Sperling.
In total, Google officials have visited the White House 427 times since 2009, according to a report in Watchdog.org that looked at the data. They have attended a total of 363 meetings. The meetings involved 169 Google employees and 182 White House officials.”
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