Amazon's Millions Lobby to Win Washington

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Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Amazon, whose founder Jeff Bezos is purchasing the Washington Post, ranks among the biggest spenders among high-technology companies seeking to influence the work of the federal government. Megan Hughes reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Everybody in d.c. is talking about this.

What is the potential conflict customer lacks now you have bezos owning the hometown paper that is exposed -- what is the potential conflict?

You have bezos owning the hometown paper that is supposed to cover politics.

They spent 1.7 million dollars on lobbying.

They have some power players working on their issues.

You have the former u.s. senator trent lott and you also have a former louisiana democrat.

A are fighting on a number of battles, everything from internet sales taxes, privacy patent laws, cybersecurity, even online wine sales.

The washington post company also had its clinical interest.

-- political interest.

Who says this will be a problem?

Watchdog groups have said it is hard to see where bezos does not have a conflict.

Or will be competing loyalties.

It all depends on how he handles this.

It will be up to him to maintain a journalistic integrity of the paper.

Tell us more about the money.

Would it be possible for amazon to remove itself from the lobbying game?

It would be tough.

We have been seeing the company mostly going in the opposite direction.

31% higher than the 1.3 million spent during the same period last year.

If you take a look at the bigger picture, when the company started lobbying, they spent $246,000. tremendous growth.

The online sales tax issue, you have amazon pitting itself against ebay, supporting the bill allowing states to collect sales tax.

Even if they do not have a physical presence in that state.

It makes sense the company would stand with brick-and-mortar stores.

The editorial board supported the senate bill on that issue as well.

Megan hughes in washington, thank you.

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