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• The New York Times has a story about how Amazon is doing a full court press on lawmakers in Washington, DC, focusing on “a branding campaign of jobs creation and support for small businesses, promoting the upsides of its major expansion in media, groceries and transportation.” Amazon is said to have increased in DC lobbying staff from 60 to 83, and “is also on its way to surpassing its previous high for lobbying spending: $11.3 million last year.”

The reason is simple: “Facing greater skepticism about its growing power over retail, including from President Trump, Amazon is following the well-worn path of oil, pharmaceutical and even other large tech companies, which try to bend policy in their favor by enhancing connections with federal officials.”
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