Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has appointed Amber Cottle as its new vice president of worldwide government affairs, reports Politico. The company has been looking for a new lobbyist since September 2013 after Catherine Novelli moved to the State Department. Cottle will now handle government affairs in Washington as Apple tries to grow its influence on Capitol Hill.
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Before joining Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Cottle served as a Senate Finance Committee staffer for more than five years. In 2012, chairman Max Baucus named her the Democratic Staff Director. She has also worked as the Senate Finance Committee’s Chief International Trade Counsel. Apple hasn’t been focused on lobbying efforts in Washington. The tech giant hired a lobbying firm in 2011, but its spending on lobbying has been pretty small compared to many other tech companies.