European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on an antitrust case againts US search engine Google the European Commission in Brussels, on June 27, 2017. The European Commission fined Google 2.42 billion Euros for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

As Europe geared up to hit Google with a record-breaking €2.4 billion fine over allegations it abused its dominance in online search to harm smaller rivals, some Washington lobbyists started to play defense.
A letter obtained by POLITICO is circulating without letterhead or signatures among members of Congress and rages against what supporters of the powerful American tech industry say are heavy-handed, politically motivated EU antitrust tactics levied against American companies. Lobbyists are trying to get U.S. lawmakers to sign on to its message.
“It has become increasingly clear that, rather than being grounded in a transparent legal framework, these various investigations and complaints are being driven by politics and protectionist policies that harm open-competition practices, consumers and unfairly target American companies,” the letter says, before listing investigations of American companies under scrutiny from EU antitrust regulators. “We are concerned that in some instances American companies are being singled out in Europe.”
The letter echoes previous efforts by Google to enlist members of Congress …
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