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Amazon woos Washington as critics slam its growing power

Tech giant spent over US$11.3m last year on lobbying, making it one of the biggest corporate players

Amazon, in a bid to deal with critics, is blitzing Capitol Hill with a branding campaign of jobs creation and support for small businesses, promoting its media, groceries and transportation forays.


ON A sunny day in July, commuters arriving at Union Station, in the shadow of Capitol Hill, were greeted with free bananas passed out by Amazon employees. In a Senate building, lawmakers and their aides attended policy panels on how Amazon manages privacy on its Echo devices...

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