Google leads pack as ten tech firms spend more than $61 million lobbying Washington

Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $ 61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government’s hand on issues such as privacy, data security, and advertising.

The $ 61 million used for lobbying between the ten companies is an increase of 16 percent since 2012, in which they spent a collective $ 52.78 million. 2013’s biggest spender remained Google, but the $ 14.06 million the search giant put towards Washington was actually a decrease in outlay of 14.7 percent from the previous year, when it was the target of an antitrust…

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