Google, the company that everyone thought was going to be different, has decided to play, or pay, big in DC:
Google has hired politically connected lobbying firms and consultants with ties to Republican leaders like the party chairman, Ken Mehlman; Speaker J. Dennis Hastert; and Senator John McCain; and advisers say the company may set up a fund-raising arm for political donations to candidates. And in a town where Republicans hold the levers of power, Google has begun stockpiling pieces of the party's machine.
Google has traditionally been left leaning in their donations. This move must make Jack Abramoff happy.