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News Story
10/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but in one area, it falls decidedly behind its rivals: its spending on lobbying the politicians of Washington. According to its latest lobbying disclosure filing, Apple spent a total of $1,010,000 on lobbying activities in the September quarter, significantly below the level of spending...
News Release
10/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used to get a paycheck from NBC, but since he’s gotten a high-profile gig on Capitol Hill he has been no fan of its current incarnation as Comcast/NBCUniversal. And he doesn’t want it taking on a new bride. Others agree. Stated Franken, “Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would...
News Story
6/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen/download the podcast of this article. WASHINGTON (VR)— The E-mail Privacy Act from Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) passed an important milestone Tuesday by accumulating its 218th House co-sponsor, which suggests Americans’ e-mail communications may soon be off limits to seizure from...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
inSha Selected companies and their spending on lobbying. The tech industry is boosting its spending in Washington D.C., looking to grease the wheels of democracy and promote agendas that will benefit their corporations. A new report from Consumer Watchdog shows the top spending tech firms in terms of lobbying efforts, with AT...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week. Comcast ranked fifth among all organizations in U.S. government lobbying spending through the...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Long Viewed as an Ally of Democrats, It's Now Courting Conservatives on Issues Affecting Its Business WASHINGTON— Google Inc. employees have been a top source of campaign cash for President Barack Obama. A former chief executive campaigned for the president. Several company executives went to work in his administration. Behind the scenes...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit team dedicated to keeping track of special interests groups in Washington, has released their latest report on the top US tech firm lobbyists. Google sits atop the list for most money spent lobbying with a little over $14 million in 2013. One, more recent disclosure, shows that Google's Susan Molinari spent...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google — known for championing progressive policies like gay marriage, immigration reform, and reducing greenhouse gases — has been quietly courting the GOP and funding an array of conservative groups, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Silicon Valley superpower is now evenly splitting its political-action committee...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When it comes to influencing Washington, Google was at the top of the list of tech companies that spent a combined $61.15 million on lobbying efforts last year. According to a report from Consumer Watchdog, Google invested $14.06 million of the $61.15 million invested by ten tech firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Oracle. Consumer...