"The behind-the-scenes machinations demonstrate how Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence.Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence - The Washington Post
That system includes financing sympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political spectrum and funding pro-business coalitions cast as public-interest projects.
The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business."
Monday, April 14, 2014
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence - The Washington Post
From an extensive Google lobbying overview