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Report: Amazon Hires D.C. Antitrust Lobbyist Seth Bloom

Amazon.com Inc. moved to beef up its D.C. presence, particularly on antitrust issues, by hiring lobbyist Seth Bloom, according to Politico.

Bloom is president and founder of Bloom Strategic Counsel PLLC, a lobbying shop he started in 2013 after working as general counsel for the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, according to his company’s website.

Amazon is already facing antitrust probes in both Europe and Japan, according to a report by Reuters. In June, the online shopping giant was mentioned by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a speech at the Washington-based think tank New America, where she accused Amazon, Google Inc. and Apple Inc. of using their size to “snuff out competition.”

Amazon has increased its lobbying activities over the past several years. The company spent $9.4 million on lobbying last year, almost double the $4.9 million it spent in 2014, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Bloom was unable to be reached for comment, and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.