A San Antonio-based law firm informed Congress this week that it is lobbying on behalf of Google Inc.
Tuggey Fernandez is advocating for the Mountain View, Calif.-based company on "advocacy and education for issues relating to information technology," according to a lobbying registration filing. Partners Tim Tuggey and Wallace Henderson, who splits his time between the firm's Washington and Austin offices, are handling the account.
Neither of the lobbyists immediately responded to requests for comment.
Tuggey is the first firm to submit lobbying registration paperwork for Google since this summer, when 15 lobby shops registered to advocate for the Internet giant. Google hired the 15 firms as the company started facing more scrutiny in Washington over its privacy policies and online domination.
Google spokeswoman Samantha Smith has said in a statement that the company’s lobbying is intended to help lawmakers "understand our business and the work we do to keep the Internet open, to encourage innovation, and to create economic opportunity."
The company’s overall federal lobbying spending for the third quarter was $2.4 million, about $300,000 more than the last quarter and almost $1 million more than the first quarter of this year, according to congressional records.