Amazon hires antitrust lobbyist

Amazon hires antitrust lobbyist
Amazon is beefing up its lobbying efforts in Washington, hiring antitrust and tech policy expert Seth Bloom on Wednesday.
 
Bloom previously served as counsel to the Senate Antitrust Committee, according to Politico, who reported the hire. He has recently or currently lobbied for companies like Comcast, Microsoft, Pfizer and Aetna, according to his firm’s website.
 
Amazon is facing antitrust investigations in Europe, and an Amazon office in Japan was raided earlier this month over suspicions of potential antitrust problems, Reuters reported.
 
 
"Google, Apple and Amazon provide platforms that lots of companies depend on for survival," Warren said during a speech in the Capitol in June. "But Google, Apple and Amazon also in many cases compete with those small companies so that platform can become a tool to snuff out competition."
 
Trump criticized the e-commerce platform in May, saying the company has a “huge anti-trust problem.”
 
The businessman also accused Amazon owner Jeff Bezos of using The Washington Post, which he also owns, to attack him in retaliation for criticizing Amazon.
 
"So what they're doing is he's using that as a political instrument to try and stop anti-trust, which he thinks, I believe he's antitrust — in other words, what he's got is a monopoly,” Trump said. “And he wants to make sure I don't get in."
 
Trump has had longstanding feud with Bezos and the Post throughout the campaign, revoking Post reporters’ credentials and criticizing Bezos directly.
 
Amazon already has a strong lobbying presence. In 2015, the company spent about $9 million on lobbying expenses.