The ouster of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Squire Patton Boggs is likely to be related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet that the Amazon is not paying enough taxes.
On Friday, as per a report from Bloomberg, Amazon.com Inc, the world’s largest online retailer, has cut its ties with lobbying firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Squire Patton Boggs.
Incidentally, the cutting of ties took place roughly a week before U.S. President Donald Trump accused Amazon of putting small retailers out of business and of not taking advantage of the U.S. postal system through a tweet.
As per Bloomberg’s report, having cut its ties to the two lobbying firms, Amazon has hired, in their place, Josh Holly of Holly Strategies Inc and Paul Brathwaite of Federal Street Strategies LLC; both had previously worked as outside lobbyists for Airbnb Inc and Oracle Corp
According to earlier disclosures submitted by Amazon to the U.S. Senate, it employs nearly 15 lobbyists and employ another 15 outside lobbying firms who each assign more lobbyists to work on behalf of the company.
In 2017, Amazon.com had spent $15.4 million, up from $12 million, on lobbying in Washington.