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Facebook Lobbying Spend Up 196%, Google Up 70% Last Year in Effort to Sway Privacy, Antitrust Legislation

January 24, 2013
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When you're crushing your competitors, it's the government that can be your biggest threat. That's why Google grew its lobbying spend 70 percent to $16.48 million in 2012 and Facebook's fees soared 196 percent to $3.99 million as the companies tried to buy government influence. Not everyone is so worried about Washington, though. Apple's yearly lobbying spend decreased 13 percent to $2.26 million. Google and Facebook's expenditures may have helped them escape punitive legislation and court rulings this time....

 

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