Google Public Policy Chief to Join Obama Administration

Jun 05, 2009

In a letter to the President dated June 3rd, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy called for President Obama not to appoint Andrew McLaughlin, Google public policy chief, as the nation’s deputy chief technology officer. The two groups cite that in his position at Google, McLaughlin lobbied on behalf of Google. Obama has signed an executive order to limit the role of former lobbyists in the White House. The letter emphasizes that they are not opposed to McLaughlin’s appointment because of his ties to Google. The Obama administration has not officially announced McLaughlin’s appointment.