The honeymoon’s over when you have to plant somebody in D.C. on your behalf. As dewy-eyed and dreamy as Google seemed in the beginning, the search giant learned how to play hardball real quick, hiring a lobbying firm with a direct line to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Google hired the firm PodestaMattoon, whose team of D.C. lobbyists includes none other than Joshua Hastert, the son of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill).
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