Post­elec­tion, Google searches for con­ser­va­tive out­reach man­ager

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Bloomberg News

For most of Sil­i­con Val­ley, Don­ald Trump’s U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion win was jar­ring. Google is us­ing its af­ter­math to bur­nish its bona fides in Trump’s po­lit­i­cal or­bit.

The Al­pha­bet Inc. unit posted a job list­ing for a man­ager of “con­ser­va­tive out­reach” on its pol­icy team 10 days af­ter the elec­tion. The com­pany is search­ing for a Wash­ing­ton vet­eran to “tell Google’s story in an el­e­va­tor or from a podium,” ac­cord­ing to the de­scrip­tion on Google’s ca­reer web­site.

“As a mem­ber of Google’s Pub­lic Pol­icy out­reach team, you will act as Google’s li­ai­son to con­ser­va­tive, lib­er­tar­ian and free mar­ket groups,” the list­ing reads. “You are part or­ga­nizer, part ad­vo­cate and part pol­icy wonk as you un­der­stand the world of third-party non-gov­ern­men­tal ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Google has hired for­mer Repub­li­can op­er­a­tives be­fore and this job isn’t new (the pre­vi­ous pol­icy spe­cial­ist in the role once worked on Mitt Rom­ney’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign). But the list­ing sug­gests the in­ter­net gi­ant is mo­bi­liz­ing to push its multi-faceted agenda with the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion. Google is likely to voice po­si­tions on sev­eral key po­lit­i­cal is­sues, in­clud­ing data en­cryp­tion, an­titrust, tele­com rules and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles. On sev­eral of them, Trump’s poli­cies are un­cer­tain.

Although Google es­chewed lob­by­ing in its early years, it has turned into one of the largest cor­po­rate forces in Wash­ing­ton. Al­pha­bet has spent $11.9 mil­lion so far this year, rank­ing it in the top five among U.S. com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics.

Its top lob­by­ist is Su­san Moli­nari, a for­mer Repub­li­can Con­gress­woman from New York. Her fa­ther, Guy Moli­nari, a lu­mi­nary in the state’s party, spoke out against Trump in 2015. In Septem­ber, he told a New York City news­pa­per he was re­vers­ing his po­si­tion and en­dors­ing the party’s nom­i­nee.

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