Google It: Tech Giant is Weekly Guest at White House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hardly a day goes by without you hopping on Google. And apparently, hardly a week goes by without Google execs hopping on the road to drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But this has nothing to do with Street View.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has visited the White House around 230 times since President Obama took office. That's once or twice a week!

The VIP list includes Google co-founder Larry Page, Google chairman Eric Schmidt and one of Google's top lobbyists, Johanna Shelton. Not exactly the interns of the company.

So what's up with all these Google Hangouts? It just so happens that the federal government conducted an anti-trust investigation on the tech giant. The FTC has closed their investigation after Google agreed to change business practices.

Did the schmoozing payoff? Hard to say, but it's always good to have friends in powerful places, right?