Facing potential criticism of the plan to buy Whole Foods Market, Amazon continued its multi-million dollar lobbying effort in the second quarter of this year, exceeding $ 3.2 million – an increase of $ 2.9 million in the first three months.
Amazon has long been lobbying a wide range of entities, taxes, immigration, trade and mobile payments in Washington.
However, the decision to buy the $ 13.7 billion Whole Foods wholesaler, announced in June, which broke the grocery industry and created some opposition between Capitol Hill and unions and other Amazon critics.
However, most antitrust experts expect the Federal Trade Commission to approve the planned merger.
Amazon is preparing to spend more than $ 12 million this year, even if it continues to lobby for lobbying. In 2016, the online retail company spent $ 11 million on lobbying in Washington.
In 2015, Amazon doubled its lobbying efforts to two-fold compared to previous years, spending $ 9 million this year compared to $ 4.7 million a year earlier.
In the second quarter of 2017, Amazon selected McGuireWoods Consulting to work on the drones, among other things, adding a new company to the lobbying team.
In addition to consultants, Amazon also runs lobbying in its own area. They list about 15 employees lobbying on a broad topic and topic list, from their latest filing, on behalf of the company, to drill policy to trade regulations and food stamp programs.
Amazon is also working with many companies to lobby for a range on their behalf. In the second quarter of this year Amazon paid $80,000 to megafirm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld to lobby, primarily focused on the Marketplace Fairness Act – a bill that would allow state government to collect sales tax from online retailers.
Amazon Prime Air, a subsidiary of the company, also paid Akin and Gump to lobby on drone policy. They also filed a termination, indicating they won’t be doing work for the subsidiary in future.