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US: Amazon taps Bloom for antitrust

 |  August 23, 2016

Amazon hired antitrust guru Seth Bloom to lobby on competition in technology industries.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused Amazon, Apple and Google of using their market dominance to stifle competition. The Democratic senator from Massachusetts singled out Apple, Google, and Amazon by name in the speech given in Washington last month, arguing that they are abusing their power to unfairly block new entrants to the market.

“The decline in competition should cause concern [because] big guys can lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” Warren said. “Take a look at the technology sector — specifically, the battle between large platforms and small tech companies.

Bloom, a former general counsel to the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, has recently lobbied for Aetna on its merger with Humana, as well as Comcast, Microsoft, and MillerCoors on the InBev acquisition. Amazon spent $3 million on lobbying last quarter and its stable includes Akin Gump, Monument Policy Group, Squire Patton Boggs, Van Ness Feldman and Rich Feuer Anderson.

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