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4/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twitter and Uber both ramped up their efforts to influence members of Congress through political lobbying in the first three months of the year, reveals new data. According to disclosures filed on Wednesday, both companies stood out among their peers in the tech industry, which registered a marginal increase or even lowered their...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google, Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) have slashed spending on D.C. lobbying, according to a report Thursday from Consumer Watchdog. Still, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said in a statement, “It’s important to understand just how much money these companies are throwing around in...
News Story
2/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Do you ever wonder why U.S. cable companies aren't more heavily regulated? One possible reason: Comcast and other telcos spent more on lobbying last year than the aerospace and real estate industries, according to Open Secrets. It's no surprise that money buys political influence, but a recent report from Open Secrets, a non-...
News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure reports...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon dramatically increased the amount of resources it dedicated to trying to influence federal regulations last year. The company spent $9.07 million on lobbying in 2015, an incredible 91.4% surge from its 2014 spend, Consumer Watchdog reports.  That's a corporate record for the company.  Because companies...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon almost doubles its spending from 2014; Facebook 'friends' D.C. Google and Comcast were one and two in federal lobbying spending in 2015 among 16 tech and communications firms monitored by Consumer Watchdog, according to records filed with Congress. Google topped the list at $16.66 million, followed closely by Comcast at $15.63....
News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency said it has no authority over Google, Facebook, and other websites and apps The Federal Communications Commission has advised privacy seekers to look elsewhere in their quest for someone to enforce "Do Not Track" rules against Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other web giants. Consumer Watchdog, a California advocacy group, had...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US regulator rejects calls for it to force web giants to respect Do Not Track requests from consumers. Google, Facebook, and other internet companies can continue to disregard Do Not Track requests from consumers, without intervention from the US Federal Communications Commission. The US regulator has dismissed a petition from rights group...