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 Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.), Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program Overnight Health Care: Drug company under scrutiny for Michael Cohen payments | New Ebola outbreak | FDA addresses EpiPen shortage MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertGOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes Major GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call 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 CornynPressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure MORE (R-Texas), who would like to see more surveillance-friendly provisions in the bill.