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July 21, 2015

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft spending on Government lobbying revealed

One company doubled its lobbying budget, while Google spent most.

By Joao Lima

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft spent together $11.7 million on lobbying for Q2, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Google ranks the highest for the biggest amount spent at $4.69 million, although it was also the company that most trimmed its spending on lobbying by 13%, compared to $5.29 million spent in Q2 2014.

A watchdog said that Amazon was the company that most increased its spending, footing an extra 103% of funds. The company spent $2.15 million in Q2 2015 from $1.06 million in the comparable 2014 period.

Facebook used $2.69 million in the last quarter, up 27% from $2.12 million in Q2 2014. It topped the firm’s Q1 spending of $2.44 million by 10%.

Microsoft reduced its lobbying expenditure by 4% compared to 2014’s Q2. The company spent $2.24 million in Q2 2015.

The watchdog also revealed that Apple spent $1.23 million in 2015, a 42% increase from $840,000 in 2014, while Cisco spent $530,000 this year, reducing its lobbying budget by 26% from $720,000 in the same period last year.

IBM disbursed $1.81 million and Intel spent $1.29 million, up 7% and 66% respectively compared to Q2 2014.

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John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director, said: "The massive amounts these companies are spending demonstrates how policymaking is now about who has the big bucks rather than who has the big ideas."

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