Google, AT&T and Verizon Communications were among the top corporate spenders on lobbying the U.S. government in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to information released this weekby the U.S. House of Representatives.
In some other quarters, tech or telecom companies have topped the list of lobbying spenders, but a handful of companies spent more than AT&T, Google and Verizon during the fourth quarter.
Verizon spent US$3.48 million during the fourth quarter on lobbying the U.S. government, AT&T spent $3.4 million and Google $3.35 million, putting them in the top 10 highest spenders among companies lobbying the government. Microsoft spent $2.43 million on lobbying the U.S. government in the fourth quarter.
The amount of lobbying spending by the tech giants raises concerns about tech companies buying influence in Washington, D.C., said consumer group Consumer Watchdog.
Google's lobbying spending for the year was up 70 percent from 2011, and Facebook's lobbying spending in the fourth quarter was up 318 percent from a year earlier, Consumer Watchdog noted.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc