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In Lobbyists' Sights: Immigration

Publication Date: 
December 10, 2012
USA Today
Alan Gomez

Rock Center Fellow Vivek Wadhwa spoke with USA Today's Alan Gomez on how "smaller start-up companies are being drowned out by larger companies" when it comes to their voice in Washington. 

As Congress prepares to tackle the thorny topic of immigration, the central issues may not have not changed much since its last attempt at legislation failed in 2007.

But Jennifer Korn, executive director of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network, said the motivations to change the nation's law on legal and illegal immigration has definitely changed.


Vivek Wadhwa, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is now a fellow at Stanford Law School, said entrepreneurs developing smaller start-up companies are being drowned out by larger companies. In 2012, Obama's campaign received more than $7 million from tech companies, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

"The big companies have hired their Washington, D.C., people. They have their lobbyists," Wadhwa said. "But Microsoft doesn't speak to represent the start-ups here. The students at Stanford, the venture capitalists and the angel investors -- there's no one to speak on their behalf."