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News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Money talks in Washington, D.C., and technology giants keep spreading around the cash as it lobbies for everything from tax breaks to more business. AT&T stepped up its lobbying, for example, as it continues to try to win approval for its DirecTV deal. But the communications giant has plenty of company...
News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
One company doubled its lobbying budget, while Google spent most.   Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft spent together $11.7 million on lobbying for Q2, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google ranks the highest for the biggest amount spent at $4.69 million, although it was also the...
News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com have increased their expenses on trying to influence U.S. politicians and policy at the federal level, but Google still outstrips them in spending though it reduced expenditure in the second quarter. Amazon's spending on lobbying increased by 103 percent to a record $2.15 million in the second quarter of 2015,...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Corporations across a wide array of industries are lobbying hard in favor of a major cybersecurity bill, enlisting a slew of K Street firms as part of an increasingly intense push for a measure expected to reach the Senate floor as soon as this month. The number of companies and organizations hitting Capitol Hill to discuss the Cybersecurity...
News Story
5/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn't mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart. In this year's first three months, donors directed by the governor gave more than $2.73 million in tax-deductible contributions to two charter schools Brown helped launch as Oakland's mayor....
News Story
4/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The first quarter of 2015 has seen Google’s lobbying budget soar. According to reports by a non-profit group Maplight, Google’s lobbying budget has shot up by 43 percent, going up from $3.82 million to $5.47 million. Google is the only tech company among the top 5 spenders. The Chamber of Commerce of the USA spent $13.8 on lobbying...
News Release
4/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the...
News Story
4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused its dominance in search, while Comcast is seeking approval to merge with TWC Google spent a record $5.47m on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43% from $3.82m in theprevious year, according to figures compiled by non-profit group Consumer Watchdog. According...
News Story
4/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Like many powerful tech companies, Google spends millions every year on lobbying to extend its influence to Washington. Consumer Watchdog reported in January that Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, compared with $14.06 million in 2013, a 20% increase. Microsoft, which used...
News Story
3/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics couldn't help but note that the state Franchise Tax Board's decision in August to yank the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit Blue Shield of California came only days after we reported that the company was spending millions for a luxury box at Levi's Stadium. "The skybox fell on their head," Jamie Court of Consumer...