Google spends more on lobbying than Facebook and Microsoft combined

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

If having friends in government is an indicator of corporate success, then Google is set to dominate the tech industry after doubling their lobbying expenditures  last year.

Google spent $18.2 million on lobbying in 2012, after spending $9.6 million in 2011. “That’s far more than Microsoft and Facebook — two of Google’s biggest rivals both in real life and in lobbying circles — combined,” the Center for Responsive Politics notes. “Microsoft spent $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing its annual total up to just over $8 million . . . [Facebook] spent $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone, and $4 million for the year — more than all of the money it has ever spent on lobbying.”

President Obama has a close relationship with Google, whose former CEO, Eric Schmidt was rumored to be on the short list for to replace Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner in the second term. Schmidt, a member of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, withdrew himself from consideration. Google employees combined to form the third-highest source of campaign donations to the president during the 2012 race.

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