Of course book publishers conduct their own lobbying in Washington (and some states) through the AAP. One wonders whether the scale can match Amazon’s efforts, described in this story from Shelf Awareness on 7 August 2014.

Politico: Amazon Bringing Hardball Tactics to Capital

In a report called “In Amazon’s Shopping Cart: D.C. Influence,” Politico wrote that “the e-commerce giant increasingly is shipping [its] hardball tactics to Washington, where it is fighting agencies and wooing regulators more than ever before.”

Politico said that Amazon “this year has boosted its political machine, hiring a crop of new lobbyists and writing bigger checks to members of Congress. It recently retained a powerhouse firm in Washington, D.C., to lobby the Federal Aviation Administration on delivery drones and has flexed its muscle to win a key government technology contract. Bezos, meanwhile, raised his Beltway profile through his personal purchase of the Washington Post in 2013.”

Politico continued: “Amazon recently acquired new office space near the Capitol following a slew of hires, including Steve Hartell, a Cisco aide tapped to direct Amazon’s congressional affairs operation. Hartell joins the company’s growing roster of outside lobbyists, including former Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.).”

Politico cited Amazon’s hardball tactics in securing a $600 million CIA cloud contract; lobbying the FAA to approve drone operations, and battling the FTC publicly over letting kids charge items in its app store. It didn’t mention Amazon’s help in getting the Justice Department interested in collusion among some publishers over e-book pricing.

Amazon’s direct political donations are still relatively low, Politico said, and it hasn’t been as involved in broader tech issues, such as surveillance reform, as companies like Apple and Google.