Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe

Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe
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Facebook is adding to its federal lobbying forces amid scrutiny from Congress about how the company’s platform was used by Russians as part of a disinformation campaign intended to influence U.S. politics.

One of the two new hires, Luke Albee, is a former chief of staff to Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCalifornia Law to rebuild middle class shows need for congressional action Hillicon Valley: FCC approves Nexstar-Tribune merger | Top Democrat seeks answers on security of biometric data | 2020 Democrats take on Chinese IP theft | How Google, Facebook probes are testing century-old antitrust laws Top Democrat demands answers from CBP on security of biometric data MORE (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russia's use of social media platforms in the United States.

The other hire is David Wade, who served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLet's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy The Memo: Democrats struggle to find the strongest swing-state candidate 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster MORE.

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Facebook has spent $8.44 million on lobbying so far this year as it faces regulatory heat from lawmakers over a variety of issues regarding its size and influence.

A company spokesman declined to comment on the new hires.

According to disclosure documents filed recently, Albee was hired to lobby on “data security, online privacy, and elections integrity,” while Wade will be focusing on the congressional investigation into Russian interference.

Both hires came in late October in the days leading up to Facebook’s testimony before three separate congressional committees.