Google Starts Hiring More Conservative Lobbyists

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The result of this year's US presidential election surprised a lot of people, including those in Silicon Valley. While we're still waiting to hear how Trump's first tech summit went, the President-elect and his incoming administration are already influencing the way tech giants in the country are doing their business. Namely, Fortune reports that Google recently started hiring more conservatives as a direct response to the outcome of the latest presidential election. The Mountain View-based company is apparently looking to fill some new positions in its lobbying and policy divisions. Google allegedly reached out to Republican lobbying agencies back in November, shortly after it became apparent that Trump was going to be the 45th president of the United States. Three lobbyists with an intimate knowledge of the matter told Fortune that the Alphabet-owned company will radically change the composition of its Washington division in charge of dealing with the White House.

Furthermore, Google recently posted an ad for a "conservative outreach and public policy" manager. More specifically, the Mountain View-based tech giant is looking for someone with enough background and influence in conservative circles. However, this position was already advertised before the latest US presidential election took place, so it cannot be clearly labeled as a reactionary move by Google. With that said, it's no secret that for the last eight years, Google was rather close to the Democratic National Committee, as well as President Obama's administration. In fact, it's quite possible that the Alphabet-owned company will be facing a lot of issues soon after Trump takes office. With that in mind, the fact that Google is looking for a way to get a foothold in the new White House certainly doesn't come off as a surprise.

Google's representatives declined requests for comments on this latest report. Of course, a radical change in policy and lobbying efforts will likely only be announced by one of the company's top executives like Sundar Pichai or perhaps even Larry Page who's expected to meet with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City later today. A person close to the industry told Fortune that all tech giants attending Trump's first roundtable already held a conference call on Friday during which they've discussed what kind of propositions they could present to the President-elect together. Seeing how most of Silicon Valley openly supported Trump's political opponent Hillary Clinton during the US presidential election, the said meeting is bound to be a tense one.

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