StubHub, the digital "ticket scalper" owned by eBay and under fire from the New York Yankees, is fighting back, hiring a bipartisan lobbying group.

According to LegiStorm, which tracks congressional happenings, the firm hired Franklin Square Group to lobby for their interests. Franklin Square's clients include Apple, Google and Intel.

The Yankees earlier this year banned fans from using paper tickets printed at home, how StubHub tickets are typically made.

Said the Yankees:

As the Yankees are continuously striving to implement technological advances to provide our fans with a ticketing experience that is unparalleled, convenient, safe and secure, the Yankees are excited to announce, as a complement to traditional hard stock paper tickets, the availability of mobile ticketing for the 2016 baseball season. Print-at-home paper tickets (PDFs) are being discontinued so as to further combat fraud and counterfeiting of tickets associated with print-at-home paper tickets (PDFs). In addition to traditional hard stock paper tickets, the Yankees will be offering the opportunity for fans to receive mobile tickets on a fan's Smartphone."

That policy was mocked Last Week Tonight host John Oliver as "elitist" during his Sunday show.

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