LinkedIn Corp. has hired Monument Policy Group as its first lobbyist on Capitol Hill.

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LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based social network is using MPG for general issues regarding the Internet and technology companies.

Stewart Verdery, founder and partner of MPG, spearheads the LinkedIn work. He served as a top aide for former Oklahoma Republican Senator now lobbyist Don Nickles.

Verdery, who established the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, also worked for influential Republican lawmakers Orrin Hatch (Utah) and the retired John Warner (Virginia).

Hes joined by Tim Punke, a veteran of the Clinton White House and trade counsel to Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT); Jessica Herrera-Flanagan, ex-staff director for the House Committee on Homeland Security; Jane Alonso, legislative director for Sen. Sue Collins (R-ME); Rich Thomas, legislative director for Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ); Ryan Spangler, scheduler for ex- Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), and Andrew Howell, former VP-homeland security policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

LinkedIn works with Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Maloney & Fox for PR.