Google Upgrades its Lobbying Operation Headquarters
For lobbyists at Google Inc., the commute to the U.S. Capitol will be much shorter next year.
The tech giant's Washington, D.C., office in spring 2014 will move from 1101 New York Ave. N.W. to 25 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., only blocks away from the Capitol, Steve Grigg, president and chief executive officer of Republic Properties Corp., said Wednesday. Republic Properties owns the Massachusetts Avenue building, which already counts General Motors Co., the American Medical Association, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association among its tenants.
Google secured more than 54,000 of the nine-story building's 385,000 square feet for its new office. The space is about 25,000 more square feet than the company's current D.C. base, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the story.
"We are extremely pleased to have Google join our other high-powered tenants at 25 Massachusetts Avenue," Grigg said in a written statement. "Google's tenancy reinforces and validates the overall quality of our Building and its place in the market."
Google has made 1101 New York Ave. its Washington home for about six years, according to congressional records. The company at one point subleased about 6,000 of the 30,000 square feet in the building from the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, a court filing shows [PDF]. A U.S. bankruptcy judge in New York last year terminated Google's sublease with Dewey [PDF] at the request of 1101 New York Holdings LLC, which owns the building.
A Google spokeswoman said the company's upcoming departure from New York Avenue isn't connected to the Dewey case. But she declined to elaborate.
Google and its Motorola Mobility LLC subsidiary, which share the New York Avenue office, have spent a total of $4.1 million on federal lobbying during the first quarter of this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The sum makes the Mountain View, Calif.-based company the 16th biggest spender on U.S. government advocacy work.
The company this year has lobbied on several matters, including intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity issues, congressional records (here and here) show. Google has deployed 11 in-house lobbyists, led by former Representative Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), the company's vice president of public policy and government affairs. Katie Peters, Motorola Mobility's senior director of government relations, is the only registered in-house lobbyist for the mobile phone maker.