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Etsy Registers to Lobby Congress

Etsy registered to lobby for the first time, according to Politico. The publication noted that Etsy will be represented by Julie Stitzel, formerly with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Stitzel is Senior Manager of Federal Advocacy and Policy at Etsy. According to the application, Etsy indicated it would be lobbying in a number of areas including Copyright/Patent/Trademark; Consumer Issues/Safety/Protection; Postal; Manufacturing; Labor Issues/ Antitrust/ Workplace; Taxation/Internal Revenue Code; Trade (Domestic & Foreign); and Small Business.

Etsy also unveiled last month Etsy Advocacy, an area for users to receive updates on public policy campaigns that may affect their business.

The program is similar to eBay Mainstreet, with Etsy telling sellers, “We’ll also let you know about opportunities for you to get involved in advocacy efforts, like crafting comments on current issues, writing to your legislators, attending in-person organizing events and meeting policymakers in your area.”

Among the issues highlighted on the Etsy Advocacy site is “Micro-Business Growth and Development”: “Most government programs to support small businesses focus on businesses of ten, fifty, even two ­hundred people. See how policymakers can expand their focus to encourage self-employment and micro­entrepreneurship as well.” Other issues include “Tax and Regulatory Compliance” and “International Shipping.”

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.