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Adriene Hill: As we’ve heard all morning, Facebook is on its way to becoming a public company. Part of that means it’ll be facing more scrutiny, from investors, sure — but also from government regulators.
Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports.
Nancy Marshall-Genzer: So, Facebook, you wanna go public? Then you have to file quarterly and annual reports with the federal government. Spelling out your projected earnings; how much top executives earn; and if they get bonuses. Facebook is so concerned about government regulation it even listed it as a potential risk factor when it filed to go public.
Josh Bernoff is a senior vice president at Forrester Research. He says Facebook is especially worried that privacy laws will become stricter.
Josh Bernoff: Since customer data is such a central part of the value they offer to marketers, this would be a huge challenge.
Facebook is meeting the challenge, with money. It’s started a political action committee, which can contribute to Facebook-friendly candidates. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has already given the maximum $5,000.
Ellen Miller heads the Sunlight Foundation in Washington. She says the PAC could raise a lot from Facebook employees who become millionaires when the company goes public.
Ellen Miller: Each one of them could give $5,000 and it’s for them, like giving a dime.
Miller says Facebook spent more than a million dollars lobbying last year — more than double what it spent in 2010.
In Washington, I’m Nancy Marshall Genzer for Marketplace.
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