Google Hires Lobbying Firm

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.