Legislation & Lobbying

Facebook, Looking Toward Privacy & Child Protection Issues, Hires Patton Boggs Lawyer/Lobbyist


Facebook has hired Kevin Martin, a Patton Boggs partner and former Federal Communications Commission chairman, as a lobbyist.

According to the Blog of the Legal Times, the Washington, D.C., lawyer will focus on privacy, child protection, online security and tax policy issues for the social media giant. Martin headed the FCC from 2005 to 2009, during President Bush’s administration.

Facebook spent $1.61 million on lobbying fees for the first half of 2012, the BLT reports. Besides using employees for federal lobbying, it has also retained lobbying services from Steptoe & Johnson.

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