You may recall that Microsoft was rather upset to be left at the altar when DoubleClick ran off with Google and was vociferous in demanding a detailed antitrust investigation which came to pass when the FTC announced a second stage investigation of the acquisition. Now we find out that just in case the folks in Washington didn’t understand the nuances of their position, Microsoft hired the lobbying firm of Patton Boggs to tell their story:
Microsoft Corp. hired Patton Boggs LLP to lobby the federal government on Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion buyout of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., according to a disclosure form.
The lobbying disclosure form was posted online Thursday by the Senate’s public records office.
Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.
Patton Boggs was the top Washington lobbyist firm last year and presumably they will continue to assist the public servants in their tedious labors. Microsoft refused to comment except to say that the acquisition “warrants close review.”