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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 Release
11/17/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and the Consumer Federation of California today joined in calling on Sen. Barbara Boxer to ensure that the highway bill now before Congress protects consumers and their safety. The highway bill, known as The Drive Act, has been passed by both the Senate and and a Conference Committee is reconciling the...
News Release
10/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Story
4/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...
News Story
4/4/2015
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 Release
3/19/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...