Internet companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. are making their presence known in Albany, spending large amounts of money on lobbying and creating trade association offices to advocate for legislation.
Their increased presence comes at a time when issues critical to their markets are increasingly being decided at state houses across the country.
Twelve internet and technology companies, along with their trade associations, spent $5.5 million in 2016 to lobby the state Legislature, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of data from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).
That amount is more than double the $2.5 million they spent in 2015. While complete lobbying data has not been released […]