Internet Companies Continue to Grow Their Washington Presence

Posted January 22, 2014 at 2:17pm

Internet companies are continuing to increase their presence in Washington, D.C and their budgets for lobbying Congress and the executive branch.

Google Inc. reported it spent $3,980,000 on lobbying during the fourth quarter, up from spending $3,370,000 in the third quarter. For all of 2013, Google Inc. spent $14,060,000 on lobbying.

Google Inc. lobbies on issues, such as, online advertising, copyright/patents, consumer protection issues & privacy, trade, homeland security, science/technology, immigration, small business, taxation, telecommunications, and others.

Other fourth quarter Internet company lobbying:

Facebook Inc. spent $1,480,000 – up slightly from $1,440,000.
Amazon spent $ 960,000 – up from $780,000.
Yahoo Inc. spent $720,000 – up from $630,000.
eBay Inc. spent $485,000 – down from $565,266.
Twitter Inc. spent $50,000 – up from $40,000.
Yelp Inc. spent $30,000 – its first report.
Computer company fourth quarter lobbying:
Microsoft spent $2,770,000 – up from $2,230,000.
Hewlett-Packard spent $1,760,000 – up from $1,557,692.*
Oracle Corporation spent $1,600,000 – up from $1,360,000.
IBM spent $1,530,000 – up from $1,180,000.
Entertainment Software Assn. spent $1,320,000 – the same as last quarter.
Apple Inc. spent $990,000 – up slightly from $970,000.*
Dell spent $600,000, the same as last quarter.
Cisco Systems Inc. spent $580,000 – down from 890,000.

*Updated with 1/22 filings from Hewlett-Packard and Apple Inc.