Groupon joins Web lobby group

Online deal website Groupon is joining The Internet Association as the Web trade group’s 27th member company, it announced on Monday.

The move will bulk up the Internet lobbying group, which already counts titans like Amazon, AOL and Google among its members.

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“It's important that e-commerce companies have a cohesive and aggressive voice on high-level policy issues affecting the current and future state of the Internet,” Brock Wanless, Groupon’s head of government affairs, said in a statement. “We believe the Internet Association is this cohesive voice, and we're happy to add Groupon's experience as an innovative, disruptive market force to their efforts.” 

So far, the 5-year-old company has had a relatively small presence in Washington.

It has not hired any registered lobbyists and does not have a political action committee, though CEO Eric Lefkofsky has been a solid Democratic donor over the years.

The addition is also a sign of steady growth for The Internet Association, which also added Etsy in recent weeks.

In its two years of existence, the organization has focused on patent reform, net neutrality, government surveillance and immigration reform, among other issues.

“Groupon exemplifies how the Internet can be a remarkable growth engine for small businesses, creating jobs in every sector of the economy,” trade group President Michael Beckerman said.  

“Groupon’s policy perspective will add tremendous value as we amplify the Internet’s voice in Washington.”

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