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Amazon cuts ties with top Washington lobbying firms: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Online retailing behemoth Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has reduce ties with Washington lobbying corporations Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: An Amazon.com Inc driving force stands subsequent to an Amazon supply truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

The adjustments happened a couple of week sooner than U.S. President Donald Trump accused Amazon in a tweet on Thursday of no longer paying sufficient tax, making the most of the U.S. postal machine and hanging small shops into chapter 11.

Amazon had reduce ties from the lobbying corporations final Friday and of their position employed Paul Brathwaite of Federal Street Strategies LLC and Josh Holly of Holly Strategies Inc, either one of whom have in the past labored as outdoor lobbyists for Airbnb Inc and Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), the record stated, bringing up a supply.

Neither of the events had been instantly to be had for remark outdoor common trade hours.

The e-commerce large employs about 15 lobbyists, in step with previous disclosures submitted to the U.S. Senate, with every other 15 outdoor lobbying corporations who each and every assign extra lobbyists to paintings on behalf of the corporate.

The store spent $15.four million in 2017 on lobbying in Washington, up from $12 million a yr previous.

Reporting via Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing via Sunil Nair

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