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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Software Lobbyists Think Global, Act Global

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just prior to Congress's August recess exit, the Business Software Alliance notched a few legislative victories. One was the Senate's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime. The other was the introduction of a patent reform bill similar to House legislation meeting with BSA approval.

But for BSA--a technology trade group representing the likes of Apple Computer, Microsoft and SAP--a truly noteworthy moment came a year ago last summer. Then, BSA chief Robert Holleyman had one of the more pleasant encounters that a Beltway lobbyist can hope for.

Full story at Forbes.com