The social network Snapchat has hired lobbyists in Washington for the first time. Snapchat, which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after a certain amount of time, has signed up with the powerhouse K Street firm Heather Podesta + Partners, according to a lobbying disclosure form filed Jan. 1. The lobbying firm will work on communications, computers and consumer protection issues for Snapchat, and “educating policymakers regarding the application’s operation and practice,” according to the form. The lobbyists on the account include Heather Podesta, once counsel to the late Rep. Bob Matsui (D-Calif.), Eric Rosen, former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Benjamin Klein, once legislative director for ex-Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.). Snapchat is hiring lobbyists in the wake of a data breach that exposed millions of users’ information and prompted calls for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation.
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"Snapchat Hires a Washington Lobbyists Following Massive Leak" by @ShellyPalmer