A project examining White House visitor logs shows the Obama administration has extended an open door to Google.
Johanna Shelton, Google’s director of public policy has visited White House officials 128 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. In comparison senior lobbyists for other companies in the telecommunications and cable industry, Comcast, Facebook, Amazon, Oracle and Verizon, have visited the White House a combined 124 times during the same timespan.
Google’s parent Alphabet spent $16.6 million lobbying in 2015. That was the twelfth most of any company, and the most by any technology firm. AT&T spend $16.4 million and Comcast’s $15.7 million.
Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability said the logs don’t reveal the discussion of the meetings, just who attended them.
“You don’t know what the meetings are about, but the fact that someone has that level of access at the White House is revealing. It certainly suggests a level of influence,” she said.