As Facebook takes flack for wanting kids under 13 on Facebook (and then walks those remarks back), the world's largest social network is beefing up its lobbying might in Washington, DC. The new big-name hires will transform the tech giant's DC offices from what was a one-man operation as recently as 2007 to a team of 12 including four ex-White House aides on payroll, reports Politico. “It’s imperative to scale our policy team so that we have the resources in place to demonstrate to policymakers that we are industry leaders in privacy, data security and safety,” said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes. So who are these K Street power brokers and what will they be doing? Here's a look at the social network's top DC talent:
Joel Kaplan Joining Facebook in June as president of U.S. public policy, Kaplan is expected to "strengthen" Facebook's ties to "Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill," reports The New York Times. The company will benefit from his experience as President George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff. "Kaplan brings to Facebook years of experience and important connections in Washington: as a former aide to the president, and once the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget," reports Politico. "He arrives most recently from Energy Future Holdings, where he oversaw public policy and external affairs as its executive vice president." Leading Facebook's Washington operations, Kaplan will report to Marne Levine.