Twitter PAC

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Twitter#PAC
Chairman:William Carty (lobbyist) and Nu Wexler (spokesperson)
Year created:August 2013
Affiliated with:Twitter
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The Twitter#PAC is a national political organization. Twitter#PAC, as the PAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission as a Political Action Committee, aims to exert influence on issues of government surveillance, patent reform and internet freedom.[1][2][3][4]

In a statement in August 2013, after the creation of the PAC was announced, spokesman Jim Prosser said, "We expect to continue to play an active role in speaking up on issues related to Internet freedom, government access to user data, patent reform and freedom of expression."[4]

Twitter has said it wants to put a bigger priority on its interaction with members of Congress as they address major policy and political issues related to free speech on the Internet, government surveillance of communications, and copyright and patent law reform. The PAC will allow the company to pool donations for its causes.[5]

In tandem with the PAC, Twitter#PAC officially registered to lobby the executive and legislative branches in areas of copyright, patent, trademarks, consumers, foreign relations and telecommunications.[6] Specifically, they will lobby on issues related to patent reform, privacy, Internet freedom and net neutrality.[7]

The lobbyist is Republican William Carty, Twitter’s manager of public policy since 2012.[6]

Previous political involvement

In the past, Twitter executives have been active in giving political contributions directly to candidates and parties.[6] In June 2013, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams gave $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and in October 2012, Williams gave $10,000 to a Democratic-oriented super PAC, End the Gridlock.[6]

In September 2012, CEO Richard Costolo gave to $2,500 to Obama for America, as well as to Democratic Party committees in Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.[6]

Colin Cromwell, Twitter head of Global Public Policy, gave $1,000 to the Senate campaign of Ed Markey (D).[6]

Leadership

William Carty is the registered lobbyist and Nu Wexler is its DC-based spokesperson on policy and political issues.[4][3]

Carty was the former policy director on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the former senior policy counselor on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.[6]

Wexler previously worked for former Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).[3]

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