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Microsoft hires lobbyists to help with Yahoo deal

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Thu April 17, 2008

MS vs. Yahoo: lobbyists

Microsoft is already hiring lobbyists in order to speed up approval of a Yahoo acquisition, the lobby group in question has disclosed. Bryan Cave Strategies says it has been hired to aid and influence officials in the US government; this is despite the fact that Yahoo has not only refused Microsoft's efforts, it has actively sought out help in remaining independent, from companies such as Google, Time Warner and News Corporation. All Microsoft needs however is enough shareholder support in order to install a Microsoft-friendly board of directors.

According to the Associated Press, Yahoo has not revealed whether it has hired any outside consultants on Microsoft's bid. As another opponent of the merger however, Google has hired the Franklin Square Group, which is lobbying on "competition issues in the Internet industry." Google says it is otherwise unwilling to comment on lobbying efforts.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so, I guess...

    Ballmer hasn't given up on the Yahoo deal yet...

    Damn, this is gonna get ugly... (rubs hands together). Ballmer is like a little kid, when he doesn't get what he wants.

    What Ballmer doesn't understand, is that no one cares about him, anymore, now that Bill is off doing his own stuff. There's gonna be a rude awakening.

    Some day.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Bryan Cave Strategies says it has been hired to aid and influence officials in the US government"

    Bribing huh?

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no bribing...

    Just free copies of Vista Premium! Wait, would that fall into the category of an "incentive"?

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Take a hint mint, MS! You blew your shot!

    Yahoo found a better date.

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