With the US government continuing to meddle in issues with the Internet, some of the biggest sites in the world including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay have teamed up to form the Internet Association.
The group is set to launch in Washington this September, coordinating the big powerhouses of the Internet in order to provide a unified message to lawmakers in the US. There are more to join, with these members being announced at the launch itself. Former adviser to the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Michael Beckerman, is taking the lead, where he said that the goal of the group is to educate legislators about the Internet.
With political lobbying being a huge cash cow, with $3.3 billion spent on it last year alone according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Google is one of the biggest spenders, splashing $5.4 million this year so far, with Facebook just throwing $650k into the ring.