Tech industry lobbyists hope merger will get their calls returned It's OK if you've never heard of the ITAA or AeA , two of several trade groups which lobby for Valley companies. That's one reason they're talking about merging . Unlike, say, the coal industry , tech has no single front group, nor an industrywide issue around which companies can rally. Heck, there isn't even a Wikipedia page for the expired R&D tax credit . If Silicon Valley expects to see any of President Obama's $150 billion in alternative energy spending, the ugly truth is tech firms will need to get in there and fight before ExxonMobil — the sponsor of Stanford's alternative energy program — grabs it all.