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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Turns to More Legalised Bribery in Obama Administration

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Turns to More Legalised Bribery in Obama Administration
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 02:08:36 +0000
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Microsoft Taps Pryor To Lobby Senate

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| Microsoft has hired David Pryor Jr. as director of government affairs, where 
| he will lobby the Senate. 
| The company's newest lobbyist has family ties to the Senate. His father, is 
| former Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark. and his younger brother is Sen. Mark Pryor, 
| D-Ark. who was elected in 2002.  


Suite Talk March 27, 2009

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| FedEx lobbyist David Pryor Jr. is joining Microsoft as director of government 
| affairs for the Senate.  
| He’ll lead the software giant’s efforts in lobbying the Senate, handling 
| pressing economic, education and health issues and promoting online security 
| polices.  
| Pryor’s younger brother is Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.); their father is former 
| Sen. David Pryor (D-Ark.). 
| “David’s extensive work with Congress and with various federal agencies and 
| his strong relationships give him the ability to advance Microsoft’s goals on 
| Capitol Hill,” said Microsoft’s managing director for U.S. government 
| affairs, Fred Humphries.   



Utah Allows Elected Official To Lobby... And Vote For Bill Her Company Is

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| Then, there's Rep. Jennifer "Jen" Seelig, who voted for the bill. But, that
| shouldn't be surprising. You see, even though she's an elected official in
| the state legislator, she's also still employed as a registered lobbyist for
| 1-800 Contacts, the company that has been pushing the bill. Apparently that
| sort of conflict of interest isn't seen as a problem in Utah.


Why Do Newspapers Keep Publishing Bogus Piracy Numbers From Lobbyists As Fact?

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| The latest gullible reporter? Tony Wong of the Toronto Star, who has written
| an article that probably could have been written every year for the last
| decade about the awful threat of piracy to the satellite TV industry. What's
| amusing is that it really does look just like an article years ago, even
| quoting bogus 2001 "piracy" stats and then just saying "that number is likely
| far higher today." But the reporter does nothing to verify this at all. He
| then goes on to talk about how the satellite TV companies are "fighting
| back," with a "tough new encryption system.


Freeing Journalists From Newsprint's Straitjacket

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| Moving online will give the PI vastly more flexibility to adapt to changing
| market conditions and focus on those areas where they can create the most
| value. The PI says they'll have about 20 people producing content for the new
| web-based outlet. That's a lot fewer than the print paper employed, but it's
| enough to produce a lot of valuable content. And now that they're freed of
| the costs and constraints of newsprint, and the expectation to cover every
| topic under the sun, it'll be a lot easier to experiment and find a
| sustainable business model.



Since When Did We Give Lobbyists From The Tech, Entertainment And Pharma
Industries Security Clearance?

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| With the new administration sticking by the old one in declaring negotiations
| over the ACTA treaty somehow a matter of national security as a way of
| avoiding revealing any info about the proposed treaty or its ongoing
| negotiations, the folks over at KEI have pointed out the long list of
| corporate lobbyists who have been involved in the negotiations, including
| those from the RIAA, MPAA, ESA and a long list of tech, telco and pharma
| companies.



Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.

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| Nearly a decade after the government began its landmark effort to break
| up Microsoft, the Bush administration has sharply changed course by
| repeatedly defending the company both in the United States and abroad
| against accusations of anticompetitive conduct, including the recent
| rejection of a complaint by Google.
| [...]
| In the most striking recent example of the policy shift, the top
| antitrust official at the Justice Department last month urged state
| prosecutors to reject a confidential antitrust complaint filed by
| Google that is tied to a consent decree that monitors Microsoft's
| behavior. Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest
| operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop
| search program, lawyers involved in the case said.


Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict

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| Microsoft may have lost in court, but it quickly tried to win the war of
| media reaction via organisations like CompTIA, the Computing Technology
| Industry Association and ACT (the Association for Competitive Technology)
| which both intervened in court on its side.


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff

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| E-mails released by the committee show that Abramoff, often
| with the knowledge of the groups' leaders, exploited the tax-exempt
| status and leveraged the stature of the organizations to build
| support among conservatives for legislation or government action
| sought by clients including Microsoft Corp., mutual fund company
| DH2 Inc., Primedia Inc.'s Channel One Network, and Brown-Forman,
| maker of Jack Daniel's whiskey.


Politicians in Microsoft's Pocket

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| Continuing on the theme of which politicians are receiving money from
| who. Here is a list of candidates who took money from MSFT.


Politics and tech companies: follow the money

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| Microsoft took first place with $651,100 given out, while
| Hewlett-Packard gave only $185,550, and Gateway gave a paltry
| $2,000. Microsoft's donations certainly illustrate well the true
| size of the company and the extent of its political concerns.


Microsoft Paid Lobbyist $160,000

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| Microsoft Paid Paid Bingham McCutchen $160,000 to Lobby Federal Gov't in
| First Half of 2007


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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| It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into
| a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within
| 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were
| pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations
| (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974.

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