Twitter Inc. has signed up its first federal lobbyist and is launching a political action committee, Twitter#PAC, to gather campaign donations, the seven-year-old social media company announced Friday.
William Carty, a Twitter manager for public policy who joined the company in September 2012, is lobbying on "[i]ssues related to patent reform, privacy, internet freedom and net neutrality," according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress. Carty came to Twitter from the Senate Commerce Committee, where he served as a policy director for the panel's Republican members.
The San Francisco-based company on Friday also announced that it hired Nu Wexler to handle public policy communications in Washington. Wexler is a former spokesman for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).