Google added yet another team of lobbyists to its cadre last week, according to Law.com. The San Antonio, Texas-based law firm of Tuggey Fernandez joins 15 other firms that have signed on to make Google's case before Congress.
The company began beefing up its lobbying efforts months ago when regulators made it clear they were looking into Google's business practices to rule out antitrust concerns. The inquiry stems from complaints made by Google's competitors that, among other things, it abuses its position in the search market to gain advantage. Regulators have also kept a close eye on Google's privacy practices of late.
And I'd venture to say that's exactly why Tuggey Fernandez partners Tim Tuggey and Walter Henderson are now on board. A Google spokesperson told Law.com the lobbyists are employed to ensure legislators "understand our business and the work we do."
In other words, Google wants to make sure the lawmakers who draft bills on privacy, for instance, understand how and why the company does what it does. It's the only way Google can maintain some modicum of control in the event regulation increases.