We’ve reported on this before. It’s too bad Jeff Bezos supports this grab, as he is good on a number of issues.
Basically Amazon has the firepower to deal with the deluge of red tape which will cascade if such a tax is passed. Smaller retailers, the upstarts, the competition, have no such ability. The little guys will die. Amazon then gains even more market share thanks to Congress. Pretty classic crony stuff.
(From The Seattle Times)
Amazon is on pace to surpass the record $2.5 million it spent in 2012. Before 2006, its lobbying expenses never topped $1 million.
In the nine months ending in June, Amazon has paid Patton Boggs $500,000 for the services of nine lobbyists, according to federal lobbying reports. Among them are former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Sen. John Breaux, D-La.
All but two Patton Boggs lobbyists on the Amazon account are former federal employees.