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Consumer Watchdog: U.S. Senate Records Reveal Google Inc. Lobbying Campaign on Personal Medical Records Law Despite Internet Giant's Denials
Date:4/28/2009

"There is a simple way to resolve this," the letter said. "Publicly release all the substance of Google's lobbying efforts on H.R. 1. Google knows the drill: organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Consumer Watchdog called on Google Inc. to come clean and release the specific positions it advocated during its lobbying campaign, reiterating an earlier call for disclosure. Issues that Google sought to influence are listed in first quarter lobbying reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records. The documents show how much was spent in the period and what issues Google sought to influence, but do not make clear the company's specific positions.

Read Consumer Watchdog's earlier letter here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/Ltr_ESchmidt.pdf.

In January Consumer Watchdog issued a news release asking Google to cease a "rumored lobbying effort" to ease provisions of the federal stimulus act that would have prevented the sale of electronic personal medical records. Google responded with a post on its Public Policy Blog calling the release "100 percent false and unfounded." Then Robert Boorstin, Director of Corporate and Policy Communications, sought to have Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project funding from the Rose Foundation cut off.

"You owe us and your users a clear explanation of what Google was doing in the Capitol," the new letter said. "As it stands now, the available record only leads to the conclusion that you were misrepresenting your activities."

Read Google's first quarter lobbying report here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/Google1st209.pdf

Visit the Senate Office of Public Records database here:

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