Google is looking for someone to lead Republican political advertising, according to a recent job posting. The position will lead the sales team managing accounts for GOP campaigns.
This is at least the second role relating to Republican outreach that Google has advertised publicly. While the posting appears to be routine, it comes at a time when the GOP is in power both in the White House and Congress. It would make sense for the company to expand roles aimed at cementing GOP relationships.
In December, Google advertised to fill a manager to handle “conservative outreach,” described in the listing, as “Google’s liaison to conservative, libertarian and free market groups.”
The outreach position was filled by Max Pappas, who had been an aide to Sen. Ted Cruz, according to Politico Pro. Lee Carosi Dunn, who previously served as head of election sales, now heads White House outreach, according to the story.
Bloomberg reported the outreach job was not new, and that the previous policy specialist in the role had worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president. Still, the listing gained attention for having been posted in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election. Google had a cozy relationship with the White House during the presidency of Barack Obama.
Google has tried to forge a relationship with Trump since the election, but has also openly opposed his policies.
Shortly before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Alphabet chairman and former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt reportedly met privately at Trump Tower in New York with White House adviser and son-in-law to the president, Jared Kushner.
In the case of the recently advertised Washington D.C.-based job, Google is looking for someone well connected. The ideal candidate should “have a wealth of experience with Republican campaigns and have strong relationships with GOP campaign managers, pollsters and general consultants.”
Google declined to comment for this story.
This story has been updated to include additional details about recent hires at Google.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.