Amazon, Facebook and Apple continued to ramp up their spending on lobbyists in Washington during the third quarter as lawmakers and regulators ratcheted up their scrutiny of the big tech companies.
Corporate lobbying costs at Facebook, Amazon and Apple are on pace to hit record highs, according to the Wall Street Journal. Facebook spent $12.3 million during the first nine months of the year, up 25% from the same period last year. Amazon increased to $12.4 million, up 16%, and Apple increased spending by 8%, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Amazon and Facebook are the two biggest spenders on Washington lobbying so far this year, trailed by Northrup Grumman which came in at $11 million. Google, which hired a new chief lobbyist in September, has been reviewing its Washington strategy. It continued to scale back its quarter over quarter lobbying, spending $2.8 million in the last three months, compared to $5.5 million during the same period last year, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed by the company. To date, Google has spent $9.7 million, according to OpenSecrets.org, a public interest group that tracks influence spending.