Apple Hires Former Senate Staffer as New Lobbyist in Washington
Apple 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.
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Here we go :rolleyes:
It's not even a story, really. At least it's not another thread about bird games. Hey ARN, macbirdrumors.com is still available!
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) ;)
I know! When women are successful and smile in a picture...I get jealous too!