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Aggressive lobbying of state and local officials pays off for Uber

It also manages to mobilise thousands of supporters fast to protest curbs that officials try to place on its operations

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Uber has asserted its strength in recent months through a combination of new-age tactics that portray the company as a social movement to be embraced by its faithful and old-school lobbying more typical for a business seeking to avoid government interference.

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ON A Thursday in June, bureaucrats from Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) made their move against Uber Technologies. The fast- growing ride-for-hire company was told its popular service was, in fact, illegal and the firm needed to immediately cease all operations in

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