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Facebook, Google Drop More Cash on Lobbyists

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A man passes under the Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on January 5, 2010.  Google unveiled its new "superphone," the Nexus One, marking the online search giant's first leap into the smartphone market.  UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah(UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

My colleague Josh Smith reports on tech industry lobbying : 
Battling antitrust investigations and pressure from Capitol Hill, Google has once again ramped up lobbying expenditures, topping out at $2.38 million in the third quarter, according to the latest disclosures. The tech giant's Washington presence has grown over the past year. Google's third-quarter spending a year ago was $1.2 million. ...
Facebook is also under increased scrutiny, especially on privacy issues. It has hired a batch of new people to stock its Washington and advocacy offices. Its latest spending of $360,000 is low compared to other tech giants, but is more than double than year ago.
AT&T continues to drop the big bucks in its quest to get its merger with T-Mobile approved. Even as the process entered the court system, AT&T spent $4.3 million from July to Oct. 20. T-Mobile shelled out $1.07 million, and Sprint, which is vigorously fighting the merger, spent just over $1 million.
Verizon also remains a big spender. Despite staying on the sidelines of the merger fight and avoiding major federal scrutiny, the telecom giant spent more than $3.2 million in the third quarter, down from last quarter's $4.38 million. ...
Microsoft spent $1.88 million in the third quarter.

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