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Originally published August 20, 2014 at 7:03 AM | Page modified August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

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Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire.


AP Technology Writer

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NEW YORK —

Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire.

The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates.

David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. He is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, bringing a campaign mindset to a company that has faced resistance in some U.S. cities from the taxi industry and regulators.

Uber's app lets smartphone users locate nearby part-time drivers for the service, who use their own cars to ferry around passengers, as well as locate yellow cabs in cities like New York.

The service has run into opposition from taxi services and local governments in some cities, due to safety fears and complaints that it can dodge rules taxicabs must follow.

In a blog post, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick compared privately held Uber to a political candidate competing against "the Big Taxi cartel," which has used "decades of political contributions and influence to restrict competition, reduce choice for consumers, and put a stranglehold on economic opportunity for its drivers."

He said Plouffe's "expertise, wisdom, and strategic mindset" is a good choice for the San Francisco-based startup. Kalanick said Uber services have reduced drunken-driving incidents, generated jobs and improved local economies.

Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

He is expected to remain on the board of directors for the Barack Obama Foundation, which is selecting a location for Obama's presidential library, but will depart the advisory board for Organizing for Action, a group advocating for Obama's policies.

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Ken Thomas contributed to this report from Washington.



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