|By PR Newswire||
|January 22, 2014 04:30 PM EST||
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.
Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, analyzed the spending records today. "Policymaking in Washington is all about how much money you can throw around," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director. "These tech guys are increasingly willing to spend whatever it takes to buy what they want."
Google spent $14.06 million on lobbying in 2013, a 14.7 percent decrease from 2012 when it was the target of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The Internet giant outspent the second highest spending company on the list, archrival Microsoft, by $3.570 million. Google's fourth quarter lobbying expenditure was $3.98 million, an increase of 20.3 percent from $3.35 million in 2012.
Microsoft spent $10.49 million on 2013 lobbying, up 29.7 percent from $8.09 million in 2012. Fourth quarter lobbing expenses were $2.77 million, a 13.9 percent increase from $2.43 million.
Facebook, which has substantially increased in its Washington presence over the last two years, set another company record in its effort to buy influence in Washington. Spending soared 61.2 percent to $6.43 million in 2013 from $3.99 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $1.48 million compared to $1.40 million, an increase of 0.6 percent.
Here is a link to the Clerk of the House's Lobbying Disclosure database: http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx
Here are the lobbying amounts for the seven other tech firms:
- Amazon spent $3.46 million in 2013, a 38.3 percent increase from $2.50 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $960,000 vs. $610,000, an increase of 57.4 percent.
- Apple spent $3.37 million in 2013, a 71.7 percent increase from $1.97 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $990,000 vs. $540,00, an 83.3 percent increase.
- Cisco spent $3.12 million in 2013, a 16.4 percent increase from $2.68 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $890,000 vs. $710,000, an increase of 25.4 percent.
- IBM spent $7.06 million in 2013, a 45.6 percent increase from $4.85 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $1.90 million vs. $1.29 million, an increase of 45.6 percent.
- Intel spent $4.39 million in 2013, an 18.2 percent increase from $3.72 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $1.45 million vs. $997,000, an increase of 45 percent.
- Oracle spent $5.99 million, an increase of 4 percent from $5.76 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $1.60 million vs. $1.78 million, a decrease of 10 percent.
- Yahoo spent $2.78 million in 2013, an increase of 1 percent from $2.75 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $720,000 vs. $640,000, an increase of 12.5 percent.
Telecommunications companies continued spending large amounts on lobbying in 2013:
- AT&T spent $15. 94 million, an 8.8 percent decrease from $17.47 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $3.64 million vs. $3.44 million, an increase of 5.7 percent.
- Sprint spent $2.75 million, an increase of 8.2 percent from $2.55 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $716,887 vs. $637,308, an increase of 12.4 percent.
- Verizon spent $13.44 million, a decrease of 10.5 percent from $15.02 million in 2012. Fourth quarter spending was $3.46 million vs. $3.48, an increase of 0.5 percent.
Visit Consumer Watchdog's website at www.consumerwatchdog.org
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
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