When Powell speaks, bigwigs
will listen"> Now, big, established businesses like having knowledgeable political insiders around. Why? Because it makes their lives easier. Heres a possible scenario: Lets say the House Energy and Commerce Committee is close to crafting new telecommunications legislation that wouldremember, this is fictionmake it illegal to share a wireless network. Wording in the bill would allow telephone companies to levy harsh fines against those found to be violating this prohibition.But lets say that Colin Powellone of the Republican parties biggest fundraisersplaces a series of phone calls. First, he calls Committee Chairman Joe Barton. Then he rings up Senate Majority Leader Tom Delay. Then he has a quiet chat with Speaker of the House Denny Hastert.All of those men would take Powells call. And while not all of them are guaranteed to do his bidding; his phoning on Kleiners behalfon Silicon Valleys behalf, reallywould lend extra "oomph" to anyone lobbying against the phone companies in this scenario. Thats how politics is played in the big leagues. And thats where Kleiners partners want to be. So its not "Welcome to Silicon Valley, Mr. Secretary." Its welcome to Washington Mr. Perkins, Mr. Doerr, Mr. Lane and friends." eWEEK.com technology and politics columnist Chris Nolan spent years chronicling the excesses of the dot-com era with incisive analysis leavened with a dash of humor. Before that, she covered politics and technology in D.C. You can read her musings on politics and technology every day in her Politics from Left to Right Weblog. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis of technologys impact on government and politics.