Google, Facebook, Microsoft reveals spending on lobbying

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have revealed their spending on lobbying the United States government in 2018.

Alphabet Inc’s Google disclosed that it spent $21.2 million on lobbying the United States government in 2018.
dollarGoogle said in a quarterly disclosure to Congress that it spent $4.9 million on lobbying activities during the fourth quarter, slightly above $4.4 million in the same period a year ago. The 2018 total surpassed $18.04 million spent on lobbying in 2017, according to tracking of the filings by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Facebook disclosed that it spent its most ever on U.S. government lobbying in 2018, $12.62 million. That was up from $11.51 million a year ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics data.

Microsoft spent $9.52 million on lobbying in 2018, according to its disclosure on Tuesday, up from $8.5 million in 2017.

Amazon.com spent $14.19 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, according to a regulatory filing, as large U.S. technology companies pushed back on issues such as privacy, immigration and new tariffs.