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Facebook, Amazon Lobbying Spend Hits Quarterly Record

Facebook and Amazon spent over $4 million on lobbying during the second quarter, a record for both companies, while Google continued to ratchet down its spending amid historic hostility towards Silicon Valley in Washington. 

Facebook spent $4.1 million in the period, the most it has ever spent during a three-month period, according to the company’s latest disclosure reports. That’s up from $3.67 million in the second quarter of last year. Amazon spent $4 million, up from $3.5 million in the year-earlier period. 

In contrast, Google which is in the midst of a reorganization of its Washington office, spent just $2.94 million, down from $5.83 million for the same quarter in 2018.

Apple spent $1.8 million on lobbying, about $200,000 more than the same quarter in 2018. 

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