Dropbox hires new lobbying firm to help out on immigration, surveillance

Dropbox hires new lobbying firm to help out on immigration, surveillance

Dropbox is picking up a new lobbying firm to help it push its agenda on Capitol Hill.

The cloud computing company will be employing Crossroads Strategies, a 7-year-old D.C. lobbying firm headed by John Green, a former longtime Senate aide and founder of the Federalist Group, another government relations firm.

Crossroads is the third lobbying group that Dropbox has brought on this year. The San Francisco-based company had previously hired the Glover Park Group and Franklin Square Group to lobby on its behalf.

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Lobbyists at the firm expected to advocate on behalf of Dropbox in D.C. include a team of staffers from both sides of the aisle in Congress, including the offices of former Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West MORE (D-Nev.), Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayReport: minimum wage bill would benefit 20.7 million workers in 21 states Lawmakers send McCain well wishes after cancer diagnosis Trump labor board nominees advance in Senate MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertWorking together on children’s healthcare House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill targeting sanctuary cities Time to fix our national parks MORE (R-Wash.).

Dropbox has been ramping up its lobbying spending in D.C. The company spent $725,000 in 2016, over double what it spent in 2013, 2014 and 2015 combined. Dropbox has already spent $190,000 on lobbying in 2017, more it spent in total over each of those three years.

According to a lobbying disclosure filing, the Crossroads team will help Dropbox try to influence policy on government surveillance reforms, the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), patents, immigration and Privacy Shield, a U.S. data collection and sharing agreement with Europe.

Each are high priorities for the corporate technology community. ECPA reform requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant to obtain digital correspondence of citizens is in the legislative pipeline, with the House passing the measure earlier in the year.

The bill, however, is expected to face opposition from some Republicans in the Senate, including Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid Cornyn floats conference of House, Senate healthcare bills MORE (R-Texas), who would like to see more surveillance-friendly provisions in the bill.