Amazon.com has cut ties with two Washington lobbying firms and brought on new advisers following passage of the tax overhaul bill last year and in the face of new challenges in the age of President Donald Trump.
The shakeup occurred last Friday, a week before Trump briefly sent Amazon's stock tumbling with a Twitter attack on the world's largest online retailer. Trump charged that Amazon doesn't pay enough in state and local sales taxes, hurts retailers and gets an unfair edge on the back of the U.S. Postal Service.
Amazon ended its relationship with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the law firm that attracts more lobbying revenue than any other K Street operation, and Squire Patton Boggs, last Friday, according to a person familiar with the decisions. At the latter firm, Amazon's lobbyists included former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.