Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog.
Of 15 tech and communications companies’ lobbying spending monitored by Consumer Watchdog only Comcast, which is seeking approval for a $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable spent more than the Internet giant, reporting lobbying costs for the third quarter of $4.23 million. Nine of the 15 companies monitored trimmed their expenditures from compared to the third quarter of 2013.
Facebook spent $2.45 million, topping $2.12 million spent in the second quarter, but not quite matching their record $2.78 million spent in the first quarter. Third-quarter spending by the social network in 2014 increased 70 percent from $1.44 million in 2013.
Amazon set another company record for its spending, $1.18 million, spending more than $1 million in a quarter for the second time. Amazon’s lobbying outlay was a 51 percent increase from $780,000 in 2013. Amazon spent $1.06 million in the second quarter of 2014.
Google’s archrival Microsoft, which until recently had outspent Google on lobbying efforts, trimmed its outlay to $1.66 million, decrease of 26 percent from $2.23 million in 2013. It was also below second quarter spending of $2.34 million.
“These lobbying disclosure statements don’t include payments to trade associations or the sort of ‘soft’ lobbying that has become a Google trademark – funds to think tanks and academic research centers,” noted Simpson. “When all that is factored in, the amounts are staggering. Policymaking is no longer about what’s right; it’s all about the money.”
View the Clerk of the House’s Lobbying Disclosure database here: http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx
Here are the third quarter lobbying amounts for the six other tech firms:
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog