Amazon has signed on Origin Advocacy, the firm of a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz, for issues related to consumer protection, privacy and drones.
Amazon’s Prime Air drone service currently delivers to two locations in the US: College Station (TX) and Lockeford (CA).
Origin Advocacy’s Sean McLean did a nearly six-year stint with Cruz, where he managed issues before the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee.
He launched his firm after serving in the Trump White House as a liaision with the Commerce Dept.
Amazon suffered a government relations setback this month with the departure of Sean Cassidy, who was the company’s point person in dealing with relations with the Federal Aviation Adminisration.
He joined Amazon Prime in 2015 and rose to the director, safety, flying operations & regulatory affairs position.
Prior to Amazon, Cassidy was a pilot for 18 years at Alaska Airlines and First VP at the Air Line Pilots Assn. union.