How Uber uses free rides as a lobbying tool
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Uber’s rapid rise has spawned one of Americas most heated urban policy debates. In cities across the country, the company has been battling regulators seeking to rein it in, and it has enlisted a formidable army of lobbyists that has begun to rival some of the largest and most politically influential corporations. Uber has supplemented its more traditional lobbying tactics with the creative use of its customer base, which it mobilizes to pressure officials who seek regulations that the company opposes.
Uber has also made extensive political use of its arguably largest asset: its own drivers. Just month, for instance, Uber held a demonstration at New Yorks City Hall to protest a proposal to curb the companys expansion in New York. To…