Twitter forms PAC to promote Internet freedom, other issues

August 9, 2013

Joining the ranks of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other tech companies, Twitter has formed its own PAC to lobby on issues related to "internet freedom, government access to user data, patent reform and freedom of expression," according to a release by the company.

The Washington Post's Cecilia Kang reported that the committee will be called Twitter#PAC and will hire Twitter policy manager William Carty as an in-house lobbyist to further the company's policy objectives in Washington.

Twitter has long supported increased transparency from the federal government regarding Internet surveillance. It has played a sizable role in drumming up support for like-minded organizations such as WikiLeaks in the wake of the NSA scandal.

Other tech companies have formed PACs to extend their reach into Washington's "influence economy."

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Microsoft's PAC has donated a total of $2.2 million to politicians. Facebook donated $277,000 in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Google donated $313,500 to Republicans and $262,000 to Democrats.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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