Microsoft's highest-priced lobbyists meet in D.C. to thwart Google

Microsoft's lobbyist holds regular meetings attended by Microsoft, other Google opponents, and hired third parties consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as "screw Google" meetings, to discredit the Web search leader, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. "Microsoft is at the center of a group of companies who see Google as a threat […]

Microsoft's lobbyist holds regular meetings attended by Microsoft, other Google opponents, and hired third parties consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as "screw Google" meetings, to discredit the Web search leader, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. "Microsoft is at the center of a group of companies who see Google as a threat to them in some combination of business and policy," said a source familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity to avoid retribution. "The effort is designed make Google look like the big high-tech bad guy here." "This is textbook Microsoft," the source adds. "Microsoft has got some of the best, highest-priced lobbyists that money can buy in Washington (emphasis added)," reports DailyFinance