Tech giants make play for ally

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March 25, 2014

Silicon Valley is putting its lobbying weight behind Rep. Anna Eshoo’s bid to become the top Democrat on a powerful committee.

Eshoo is the Valley’s congresswoman, representing the part of California where companies like Apple, Google and Facebook are based, so her ascension to ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee would be a coup for the industry.

But in order to take the coveted position, Eshoo would have to leapfrog Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), which is a tough sell for Democrats who have a vested interest in preserving the seniority system.
Though the Democratic Caucus likely won’t vote on committee assignments until after the election, tech industry lobbyists and chief executives are already meeting with individual Democrats to try and pull them into Eshoo’s camp.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group — which “represents more than 390 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers,” according to its site — is gathering signatures on a letter expressing the industry’s strong support for Eshoo as ranking member.

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