Uber Goes Right to Users' Phones When It Wants Lawmakers to Jump

  • App sends political messages and appeals directly to its users
  • It creates a lobbyist-in-your-pocket for the sharing economy

The Uber app runs on an iPhone during an Uber ride in Washington on April 8, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Uber customers in Austin, Texas, who ordered cars last month got a political prod, right on their phones: the option of a $50 horse-and-buggy ride.

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