Apple, Facebook and Microsoft ramp up D.C. lobbying

It’s no surprise that Google and Microsoft topped the list of top lobbying spenders among tech industry firms in 2013.

At $14 million, Google spent about $2 million less than it did in 2012 when it faced a Federal Trade Commission investigation, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal, citing lobbying disclosure forms filed at the House of Representatives.

And, at $10 million, Microsoft spent about $2 million more than it had in 2012. The software giant was busy on patent and immigration reforms, privacy, tax and education issues, according to its fourth-quarter filing.

But it was Facebook and Apple that have really ramped up their spending, according to Consumer Watchdog, which crunched the numbers. Facebook spent $6.4 million up 61 percent from 2012. Apple, which historically has kept a low profile in D.C., spent $3.4 million, up 72 percent.

In Facebook’s case, some of the fourth-quarter issues, according to its filing, included privacy, cybersecurity, immigration and patents.

According to Apple’s fourth-quarter lobbying form, the issues the iPhone maker cares about include tax, patent, education, spectrum and trade.

 Above: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News)



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