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July 31 2011

06:02

Role of Twitter in debt-ceiling debate: "Make a phone call. Send an e-mail. Tweet."

Bloomberg :: President Barack Obama has put his political organization to work on the social network, mobilizing supporters on Twitter Inc. for the Washington wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. 

With 9.4 million followers, @barackobama, the president’s campaign Twitter feed, is the third most followed on the service. As the House of Representatives was heading toward a vote on a Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling that he already had threatened to veto, Obama went before White House microphones to urge voters to “let your members of Congress know” how they feel. “Make a phone call. Send an e-mail. Tweet,” he said. “Keep the pressure on Washington.” - Obama was not alone.

Continue to read Kate Andersen Brower | Margaret Talev, www.bloomberg.com

July 01 2011

21:27

Politics and business as usual - Google hires 12 new lobbying firms

Politico :: Google’s new lobbyists will push back against antitrust affronts. - A federal probe of Google’s search industry dominance has the company mobilizing in Washington: It announced Friday it would hire 12 new lobbying firms in a move that will grow its Beltway footprint, influence and balance sheet. It will likely be a mix of new, outside Democratic and Republican pickups taking Google’s message to Congress, the FTC and beyond.

Via ssommerhalter

Continue to read Tony Romm, www.politico.com

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