How much US tech firms spend on lobbying?

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Consumer Watchdog shared the latest federal lobbying spending by the U.S.-based technology firms including Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Apple.

The report said Google trimmed federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million in Q3 2015 from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period.

Oracle doubled its lobbying expenditures 101 percent to $2.48 million in the third quarter of 2015 from $1.20 million in 2014.

Amazon increased its lobbying spending 71 percent to $2.02 million in the third quarter of 2015. It had spent $1.18 million on lobbying in the third quarter of 2014.

Facebook spent on lobbying rose 6 percent to $2.59 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Microsoft, which used to lead the tech lobbying expenditures, spent $1.89 million in 2015. It was an increase of 14 percent compared$1.66 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Lobbying amounts for the five other tech firms:

Apple spent on lobbying dipped 3 percent to $980,000 from $1.01 million.

Cisco Systems lobbying spent fell 3 percent to $710,000.

IBM increased spend on lobbying by 1 percent to $860,000.

Intel spent increased 31 percent to $1.06 million.

Yahoo spent decreased 5 percent to $690,000.

Lobbying expenditures for four telecom companies:

AT&T’s lobbying expenditure fell 16 percent to $2.90 million.

Sprint spend increased 1 percent to $713,843.

T-Mobile spent $1.37 million, a 28 percent decrease from $1.91 million in 2014.

Verizon spent $2.48 million, a 15 percent decrease from $2.91 million in 2014.

Lobbying expenditures for two cable companies:

Comcast spent $3.27 million, a 23 percent decrease from $4.23 million in 2014.

Time Warner Cable spent $1.65 million, an 8 percent decrease from $1.80 million, in 2014.

Baburajan K
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