How Airbnb Turned Its Hosts Into Political Foot Soldiers

Amid its toughest political fight, the company enlists hosts to lobby lawmakers. A trip to New York's state capitol shows it won't be easy.

It's 7:30 a.m., and a couple-dozen groggy Airbnb hosts are boarding a bus parked at the southeast side of New York City's Union Square. Besides apartment listings on the site, they have little in common. Chris Gatto, a gray-haired freelance business coach with thick glasses, walked to the bus from his East Village apartment. Danielle Herard, an...

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