Tax on Internet Commerce Becomes Marketplace for Lobbyists

The legislative battle over taxing Internet commerce is creating a growing marketplace for lobbyists, including former member of Congress. Two top industry leaders have recently hired lobbyists known for the expertise on tax and Internet issues.

NetChoice, an e-commerce business trade association, has hired former Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif., of Bingham McCutchen LLP (D.C.) to lobby on S. 743 and H.R. 684, relating to federal and state roles in the taxation of Internet commerce. Cox served in Congress from 1989 to 2005 and was chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2005 to January 2009.

EBay Inc., which claims to be the world's largest online marketplace, has hired former Rep. Robert Walker, R-Pa., of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates (D.C.) to lobby on H.R. 684, S. 743, and S. 336 - Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, and all provisions relating to multistate sales tax collection and administration. George Rogers and John Howard will also lobby.

On other issues, former Rep. Robert Cramer, D-Ala., of Capitol Hill Consulting Group (D.C.) has been hired by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation (Ala.) to lobby on "community health issues; Federal health reimbursement; Appropriations; Implementation of Health Care Reform."

First Principles LLC (Texas) has terminated it lobbying on anti-sex trafficking for its client Argus Global LLC, effective May 31. Former Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and Carol Bevan were the lobbyists.

Topics: lobbying