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Posted at 11:05 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2013
The federal lobbyist for the largest accredited Internet domain registrar has terminated her lobbying registration today. Previously she was the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission.
In a termination report filed and effective today, Martha Johnston terminated her lobbying registration for GoDaddy.com. The company reported it had spent $79,000 lobbying in the fourth quarter, for a total of $377,000 spent in all of 2013. In 2012 it reported spending $746,250 on federal lobbying.
The company had lobbied on issues such as the computer industry, patent reform, cyber security, Internet sales tax, and H-1B Visas.
When contacted, Johnston, the Director of Government Relations at GoDaddy since 2006, offered no comment on her or the company’s plans. Besides the FCC, Johnston had also worked for the Association of Trial Lawyers; the Department of State; the U.S. Information Agency; Senator Bob Packwood, R-Ore.; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska; Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Ore.; and Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.
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