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Posted at 6:43 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Google, Cisco, Kleiner, high-tech heavyweights meeting with Obama

By Cecilia Kang

Google's Eric Schmidt, Cisco's John Chambers and John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will be among high-tech and other corporate heavyweights meeting with President Obama Wednesday morning to discuss ways to foster jobs and economic growth.

Obama's meeting with CEOs follows similar meetings earlier this year and last year as the administration attempted to include more corporate leadership into decisions about jobs growth and investing in "innovation" businesses such as smart energy and high-tech.

"This meeting continues an ongoing dialogue with the business community about ways to strengthen our economic recovery and spur private sector hiring," the White House said in statement.

Google CEO Schmidt and Cisco CEO Chambers have called for greater attention to broadband Internet infrastructure -- which the administration has made a focus of its tech policy agenda with $8 billion in stimulus funds spent on expansion and adoption efforts.

They will be joined by Motorola Co-CEO Greg Brown, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, Honeywell CEO Dave Cote and Doerr, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and venture capitalist who counts Google and Amazon among his successful investments.

Also attending will be Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, whose company is close to becoming a broadband-cable-media powerhouse with its aquisition of NBC Universal.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 15, 2010; 6:43 AM ET
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Note that Google is first on the list compiled by Cecilia Kang, Google's Reporter and Lobbyist at The Post, and also is a regular visitor to the White House. Why? Because Google contributed nearly $1 million to Obama during the election and its aftermath, buying access to the President. (Obama even hired Google's chief lobbyist - Andrew McLaughlin - into a high ranking advisory post, breaking his pledge not to hire lobbyists. Apparently, if a company brings enough money to the table, some pledges can become more breakable, while others (Obama's pledge to regulate the Internet in ways that advantage Google) become less so.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 15, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse


Every major telecommunications company lobbies Congress and the President. Get real, its part of the game.

And Google is a part of the reason why newspapers are failing. Get a clue.

Always wrong as usual.

Posted by: ryangee | December 15, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

All the CEO's want is cheap, exploitable slave labor at the lowest cost possible. Meanwhile the tech industry isn't hiring anyone over about 45 irrespective of their education or experience.

Posted by: kirtu | December 16, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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