Apple Hires Former Senate Staffer as New Lobbyist in Washington

Amber CottleApple has hired veteran Washington insider Amber Cottle as its new top lobbyist according to a report from Politico.

Cottle was previously the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee, where she also had experience as the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, important experience for Apple's needs on Capitol Hill.

In her job on the Finance Committee, Cottle advised members and staff on trade and international economic issues, and was previously Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

Apple has been increasingly active in Washington DC in recent years, with Apple executives meeting with President Obama over NSA surveillance and appearing in front of a Senate committee to discuss Apple's tax strategies. The company has repeatedly asked Congress for a discount on taxes for repatriating cash earned overseas to the United States.

The company began looking for a new VP of Worldwide Government Affairs when Catherine Ann Novelli, who held the position since 2007, left for a job at the U.S. State Department.

According to Politico, Apple spent $3.3 million on lobbying in 2013, roughly double the previous year.

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
93 months ago
She looks very angry at the fact's that she's in this article:

Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cmdrx3 Avatar
93 months ago
Just another corporation buying another lobbyist to buy another politician.... Nothing else to see here... move along please.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dulcimer Avatar
93 months ago
Tim cook hired a Democrat? That's some real news.

Here we go… :rolleyes:
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
93 months ago
Am I the only one who feels the world would be a better place if we just went scorched earth on DC? So many leaches on society would just go up in smoke.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Santabean2000 Avatar
93 months ago
Should have hired:
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FrizzleFryBen Avatar
93 months ago
How come this isn't in with the political threads?

It's not even a story, really. At least it's not another thread about bird games. Hey ARN, macbirdrumors.com is still available!

Tim cook hired a Democrat? That's some real news.

While I enjoy your stereotype and roll my eyes at you...It's actually a smart move to hire a well networked Dem. She's well connected with the few Dems left who actually care about jobs, regulations and tax revenue on-shore. Who better to try to convince them Apple's way isn't quite like those other corporations ways.

I'm not trying to make a political statement per se. I see it as a smart (maybe, possibly, backhanded move) ;)

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She looks very angry to be ing this article.

I know! When women are successful and smile in a picture...I get jealous too!

Come on...................
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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