LinkedIn registers first Washington lobbyist

Monument Policy Group has worked for LinkedIn Corp. since April 10, documents that were filed this week indicate. The firm has registered almost all of its staff — nine out of 10 people — to lobby on behalf of the networking site on “Internet and issues related to technology companies.”

“We as a company believe it's important to have an ongoing dialogue with policymakers,” LinkedIn corporate communications director Hani Durzy told The Hill in an email. “LinkedIn's mission is to help make professionals more productive and successful, so we want to make sure that policymakers understand the role LinkedIn plays in job creation, economic growth, and the Internet economy.”

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The Monument Policy Group directed The Hill to LinkedIn for comment.

The company chose a firm with mountains of Capitol Hill experience, which helps clients get access to lawmakers and staffers. LinkedIn’s new built-in roster includes all four partners from the firm.

Stewart Verdery has served former Assistant Senate Majority Leader Don Nickles (R-Okla.) as general counsel and as assistant secretary for policy and planning of Department of Homeland Security. Timothy Punke has worked as the chief international trade counsel to the Senate Finance Committee and has advised Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as chairman.

Andrew Howell brings expertise from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the vice president of homeland security policy, and Jessica Herrera-Flanigan worked for the House Committee on Homeland Security as staff director and general counsel.

It is not clear how much LinkedIn will be paying the firm for its lobbying services, as lobbying fees are not disclosed on registration forms.

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