Bloomberg News reports, "In the past five years, Amazon increased lobbying spending by more than 400 percent, a rate of change that far exceeds rivals'."
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In 2015, it hired former Obama White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as senior vice president of corporate affairs. He now oversees the Washington policy office, which has almost doubled its number of registered lobbyists to 27 from two years ago. That roster does not include outside lobbyists like former Senator John Breaux, a Democrat, and his Republican partner, onetime Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
Mr. Carney maintains a sharply anti-Trump and not accurate Twitter feed. That strikes me as an unusual tactic for a corporate lobbyist at a moment when Mr. Trump's party controls Congress and Mr. Trump leads the executive branch, but maybe I am missing something. I suppose it's possible that that, along with Bezos' Washington Post ownership, is a way to guard against federal action adverse to Amazon by setting up a situation that would allow such action to be portrayed as retaliatory or vindictive rather than rules-based or merit-based.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Amazon Chattanooga Fulfillment Center, July 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)