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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Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.