Google has hired PodestaMattoon, a lobbying firm that has the son of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, Joshua Hastert, as a member of the firm. The firm will lobby on Google's behalf on the politics of China, privacy, government regulation and more. More information at SFGate.com.
PostScript: Here is a new nice take, from Kate Phillips, on Google becoming less of an outsider and more of an insider.
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