Here is an interesting article about Google lobbying efforts in Washington DC. They are taking it seriously and in seemingly innovative fashion (see their blog for example, looks like an interesting read).
Reading this article I keep on thinking about the corporate involvement in policy making, sort of a corporate public policy making. It reminded me again of the last conversation with Tarleton and the importance of making this part of my dissertation. Indeed, the testimonies of Google executives and the Googalization of congress (see in the article the part about Google tutorials for “congressional aides that will teach them how to use Google’s search engine better and faster”) hint, pretty boldly, on the corporate involvement in regulation processes. Of course Google is not alone there, and that makes the whole thing even more fascinating.