"Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other corporations," said John M. Simpson , Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "They are not. They are following the corrupt corporate tradition in Washington: buying what you want."
According to disclosure forms filed with the clerk of House of Representatives late Tuesday, Google spent $16.48 million on lobbying in 2012, up from $9.68 million the previous year. Fourth quarter spending dipped 11 percent to $3.35 million from $3.76 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Facebook spent $1.4 million in the fourth quarter, the first time it spent more than $1 million in a single period. Facebook spent $444,000 in the comparable period a year ago. For the year Facebook's spending lobbying increased 196 percent from $1.335 million to $3.99 million.
Check the clerk of the House of Representative's lobbying expenditure database here: http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx
Here are the amounts spent on lobbying by other tech and telecommunications companies:
Microsoft spent $2.43 million in the fourth quarter, up 29.3 percent from $1.88 million. For all of 2012 Microsoft spent $8.09 million, a 10.2 percent increase from $7.34 million.
Verizon increased its spending in the fourth quarter 7.7 percent from $3.23 million to $3.48 million. For the entire year, however, spending declined 6.6 percent from $15.69 million to $14.66 million.
AT&T's lobbying spending was $17.45 million, a 13.8 percent decrease from $20.23 million in 2011. For the quarter fourth quarter AT&T spend $3.4 million, a decrease of 19.8 percent from $4.240 million in the comparable period the year before.
Amazon's spending in the fourth quarter declined 11.6 percent from $690,000 to $610,000. For the year its spending increased 12.6 percent from $2.22 million to $2.5 million.
Apple spent $540,000 in the fourth quarter, an increase of 20 percent from $450,000 the previous year. For the year Apple spent $1.97 million, a decrease of 13 percent from $2.26 million the previous year.
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