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Survey: Lobbyists reluctant to sign up to register

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| Large numbers of businesses, consultancies and industry federations do not 
| intend to sign up to the European Commission's lobbyists register, found a 
| EurActiv survey presented at a conference last Wednesday (4 March). But a 
| majority of respondents are supportive of transparency in principle.   


U.S. lobbyists angle for influence in Europe's Net neutrality debate

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| Lobbying by U.S. businesses in Brussels is not unusual. More than 30 U.S. 
| companies like Pfizer, Microsoft, McDonald's, Philip Morris, Westinghouse and 
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| Kraft Foods employ lobbyists in Brussels, according to the European 
| Parliament. Foreign countries and businesses also hire lobbyists to work in 
| Washington. But most of the time, lobbying by foreign entities tends to be 
| discreet.     


"Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I
have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill
                --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO


Microsoft Leads in Lobbying Largesse

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| Microsoft is leading the tech industry’s charge up Capitol Hill, according to 
| statistics released Monday. 
| The world's largest software company spent $9 million on lobbyists to make 
| its case in issues including taxes and trade, according to statistics 
| compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.  


Tax benefit helped Microsoft's 3Q earnings

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| Turns out Microsoft and Uncle Sam have been going back through the company's 
| books from 2000 to 2003. Not knowing how that would end up, Microsoft 
| had "over accrued" its tax provision in past quarters, said Colleen Healy, 
| general manager of investor relations. With the review settled, the company 
| was able to reduce that provision.    


Microsoft in tax evasion soup

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| Software major Microsoft Corp’s Indian subsidiary has been issued a 
| show-cause notice for non-payment of service tax worth Rs 127 crore. The tax 
| has been claimed on services offered to Microsoft Singapore by way of 
| marketing support.    



Wis. Bill to Require Tax Loophole Data

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| Wisconsin Bill Would Require More Reporting on Tax Loopholes
| [...]
| A message left with Microsoft was not immediately returned.


Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its 
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo 
| Inc.  


Bill Gates: Rich Individuals Should Pay More Tax, Wealthy Corporations Less?

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| As Taxing Tennessee points out, Bill Gates opposes eliminating the death tax 
| but is quite happy to have local and state taxes eliminated for his 
| company...  


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| My background is finance and accounting....
| However, the Gates Buffet foundation grant is nothing more than a shell
| game in which control of assets for both Gates and Buffet remain the same.


Microsoft EULA lands it with $175m Indian tax headache

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| Basing its ruling on the terms of Microsoft's own EULA (end-user license 
| agreement), an Indian court has ordered the company to pay tax on royalty 
| income generated in the country, Tax India Online (TIOL) reports.  
| [...]
| “Unacceptable tax avoidance typically involved the creation of complex 
| artificial structures by which, as though by the wave of a magic wand, the 
| tax payer conjures out of the air a loss, or a gain, or expenditure, or 
| whatever it may be, which otherwise would never have existed. These 
| structures are designed to achieve an adventitious tax benefit for the 
| taxpayer, and in truth are no more than raids on the public funds at the 
| expense of the general body of taxpayers, and as such are unacceptable.      


Cheers not jeers to Speaker Chopp on the Microsoft tax concession

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| The Columbia Basin Herald this past week characterized House Speaker Frank 
| Chopp as being a Forrest Gump, "stupid is as stupid does" villain for 
| opposing big proposed tax breaks for Microsoft and Yahoo. The tax concession, 
| those companies said, were necessary to keep them from fleeing Grant County, 
| where they have huge server farms. The requests were similar to the $3.2 
| billion in breaks Boeing Co. got from Governor Gary Locke and the Legislature 
| when it threatened to take some of its assembly operations elsewhere.      


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, The European Union, and the United States: A Statement by the AAI

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| The AAI comments on the European Court of First Instance's upholding of the 
| EC's Microsoft decision, taking the USDOJ to task for poor diplomacy and 
| mistaken policy in its criticism of the EC.  


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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