According to a report, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Amazon CEO Andy Jassy to focus on making good products and making a profit while avoiding sensitive political issues.
The meeting took place last fall, just weeks after Jassi’s predecessor, Jeff Bezos, announced he was stepping down as CEO.
Republicans are outraged that Fortune 500 companies have become more vocal on political issues to appease their largely liberal workforce.
The Walt Disney Co. has drawn the ire of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the GOP-dominated state legislature in Tallahassee for opposing a new law that critics have dubbed the “don’t be gay” law.
Last month, Amazon workers demanded that the company oppose the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade to take a more assertive stance, but management rejected it.
Amazon and other companies have pledged to cover health care costs, including travel costs, for employees who must seek abortions.
The New York Times reported that Jassi met with McCarthy (Calif.) as well as several top Democrats on Capitol Hill.
He traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers against passing antitrust laws targeting tech giants like Amazon Meta and Alphabet.
Amazon has also been criticized for its efforts to oppose unionization efforts at some of its warehouses.
According to the Times, Jassi has visited the capital a total of three times since taking over as chief executive a year ago.
Jassy has met with senior Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein.
Schumer has been accused of stretching his legs to bring antitrust legislation to the Senate floor.
Antitrust advocates point out that Schumer’s daughter, Jessica Schumer, is a registered lobbyist at Amazon. The Post was the first to report the news.
Schumer’s other daughter, Alison Schumer, works as a director of product marketing at Facebook-owned Meta, another company that has been accused of hoarding and abusing monopoly power.
There are two major antitrust bills pending that would curb anti-competitive practices by companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.
One such bill — the American Online Choice and Innovation Act — passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in January on a 16-6 vote. The bill was supported by all Democrats and five Republicans on the panel.
A related bill, the Open Application Marketplaces Act, is expected to be considered at the same time.
Most bills in the Senate need 60 votes to proceed. However, advocates point out that many Republicans are co-sponsors, suggesting they may be able to pass.
Schumer’s spokesman has emphasized that the senator supports this law.