Kenneth Vogel (no relation) reported in the New York Times that Google “ helped organize conferences at which key regulators overseeing investigations into the company were presented with pro-Google arguments, sometimes without disclosure of Google’s role.” The August 30, 2017 article entitled “Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant” included these comments:

Google is very aggressive in throwing its money around Washington and Brussels, and then pulling the strings,

People are so afraid of Google now.

Some tech lobbyists, think tank officials and scholars argue that the efforts help explain why Google has mostly avoided damaging regulatory and enforcement decisions in the United States of the sort levied by the European Union in late June.

What do you think about Google’s lobbying efforts?