Google's top lobbyist, Alan Davidson, resigns
Google's top lobbyist has resigned, the Internet search giant confirmed Monday.
Alan Davidson informed Google employees of his decision in an email.
"In 2005, I joined Google in Washington to build a first-rate Internet policy group. It's been a remarkable experience -– and a very exciting and intense time -- but I'm ready for a new challenge," Davidson wrote.
He added that he would begin a sabbatical this month to explore other opportunities. And he said Google would seek "to fill my role."
Davidson's departure comes as Google faces rising scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators, including an antitrust probe from the Federal Trade Commission. Google has also significantly increased its spending on lobbying.
In a statement, David C. Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, said: "Alan has done an extraordinary job building the team in D.C. and working on the important policy issues facing the Internet and Google. We're grateful for everything he's done and wish him the best."
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Photo: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testified on Capitol Hill last month to answer allegations that the Internet search giant unfairly uses its market dominance. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press