Google dominates tech sector lobbying: report

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the greatest tech lobbyist of them all?

That would be Google, it appears.

Internet firms dominated technology sector lobbying in Washington, D.C. in the first half of this year, and Google led the pack by a substantial margin, according to a new report from The Hill.

The Mountain View tech giant spent more than $8 million on lobbying in D.C. through the end of June, the online news site reported Thursday.

The next-highest spending came from Amazon, which shelled out about $5.8 million. Facebook spent nearly $5 million, while Oracle put out $4.1 million. Opening up the coffers to the tune of $2.3 million to $2.4 million were Apple, Intel and IBM.

Google has taken heat over its lobbying from the Google Transparency Project, a group revealed by Fortune to be funded in part by Oracle. The group referred to Google’s “lobbying juggernaut” in a report issued earlier this year that documented 427 visits to the White House by employees of Google and associated entities since President Barack Obama took office.

“Senior Google executives have met at least 21 times with President Obama in small, intimate meetings,” the report said. “Senior company executives also met at least 20 times with President Obama’s key political and economic advisers.”

The primacy of internet firms in tech sector lobbying reflects their evolution into “major players” in Washington policy debates, according to The Hill.

Photo: A man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


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