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1/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The social network is spending millions to advance a pro-Facebook agenda in the nation's capital. Cue the cynicism acebook wined and dined U.S. lawmakers and racked up a tab close to $4 million during 2012, an increase of 196 percent over its courting costs in the previous year. According to disclosure forms, Facebook spent $1.4 million in the...
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1/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's spending on lobbying was up 70 percent in 2012, Facebook's up nearly 200 percent 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 week by the U.S. House of Representatives. In some other quarters,...
News Release
1/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued to pump record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during 2012 with Facebook’s spending soaring 318 percent in the fourth quarter, while Google’s was up 70 percent for the year.   “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other...
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1/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
When you’re crushing your competitors, it’s the government that can be your biggest threat. That’s why Google grew its lobbying spend 70% to $16.48 million in 2012 and Facebook’s fees soared 196% to $3.99 million as they tried to buy government influence. Not everyone’s so worried about Washington, though. Apple...
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1/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft all increased spending, while Apple decreased I used to write about politics. And something always struck me as kind of funny: everyone HATES lobbyists and pork. That is, unless the lobbyists are fighting for what that person believes in, or the lawmaker is fighting to get a project done in their district! If...
News Release
11/19/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called upon leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees to hold hearings into the revelation by the EPA that for the first time in American history large numbers of vehicles carried window stickers with false MPG claims. The nonprofit consumer group wrote the EPA one year ago calling for...
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11/16/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
With reports swirling that the Federal Trade Commission is readying an antitrust case against Google, some Republican senators say the agency should hold its fire. "In the interest of providing more regulatory certainty for American consumers and job creators, we urge the Federal Trade Commission to act with humility and restrain itself,...
News Release
10/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook continued to pump money into their Washington lobbying efforts in the third quarter with the Internet giant spending its second most amount in one quarter while the social networking company spent its most ever for one quarter. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from...
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10/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurance industry presented itself as a key ally of President Barack Obama’s health care law while at the same time making hefty contributions to members of Congress who are trying to get rid of it, according to contribution records. Between January of 2007 and August of 2012, the political action committees of the 11 largest...
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9/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog warns of TLD shopping spree Consumer Watchdog is calling for ICANN to keep a close eye on enormous corporations such as Google and Amazon, and to reject applications made to buy new Top Level Domains (TLDs) in bulk. The watchdog addressed the open letter to ICANN's board and CEO and other relevant parties. John M Simpson,...