29 Nov '12, 11pm

Google Spent $14.3 Million on U.S. Lobbying in 2012

Google spent more on U.S. lobbying efforts than any other technology firm in America, according to statistics from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). Google reportedly outpaced Microsoft in lobbyist spending. With $14.3 million over 2012, Google outpaced Microsoft by more than $7 million. The search giant spent its funds lobbying the U.S. government on patent, antitrust, and telecommunications issues. According to Nick Nyhart, CEO and president of nonprofit campaign reform group The Public Campaign, tech firms have started to spend like the oil companies and banks before them. Nyhart said that as Silicon Valley has become more profitable, they've also become more influential in Washington. "As the tech companies have grown, and eat up a larger amount of the country's GDP, they moved to the kind of activities that the oil companies, the banks, and the pharmaceutical ...

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