Health Tracker Fitbit Hires Lobbying Muscle

The health-tracking device company Fitbit has hired lobbying muscle as it faces questions from Capitol Hill about its privacy protections.

The company, whose wristband devices have become ubiquitous in some circles, brought on K Street heavyweight Heather Podesta + Partners to “educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices,” according to a federal lobbying disclosure form.

“We are constantly seeking ways to better communicate our health and fitness goals to the public,” Fitbit said in a statement shared with The Hill. “Expanding our team to ensure policymakers understand our products is a part of that ongoing effort.”

Podesta, a former Capitol Hill staffer, will be representing the company herself, according to the form, along with two other former congressional aides: Eric Rosen and Benjamin Klein.