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Amazon Boosts Spending on Federal Lobbying

Amazon shelled out $3.9 million on lobbying in the first three months of 2019, the most it has ever spent, according to disclosures filed with Congress, as the company’s desire for power and influence in Washington continues to grow. The lobbying, which saw Amazon outspend Google for the first time in a decade, comes as Amazon is jockeying for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract that is expected to be awarded later this year.

Amazon lobbied Congress and at least a dozen other federal entities on a wide range of topics, including cloud computing, privacy, facial recognition technology, immigration, drones and trade.

Google’s lobbying spending fell to $3.4 million last quarter compared with $5 million in the final quarter of 2018. Facebook logged its second-highest ever bill at $3.4 million as it deals with political heat and a Federal Trade Commission investigation. Netflix, meanwhile, only spent $200,000 in the quarter and Twitter spent $420,000, a record for the company. As political winds shift against tech, the high sums underscore the resources tech firms can deploy to engage policy makers and advocate for or against regulations.

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