According to figures just in, the search engine Google is spending the most on scmoozing US politicans.
Consumer Watchdog added up the efforts of tech-companies to lobby politicans and used data from disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Google actually cut its spending on lobbyists, but still spent $3.4 million during the third quarter. This is nearly three times what Facebook spent during the same period.
Facebook’s spending on lobbying rose 47 percent between 2012 and 2013, from $980,000 during the third quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million during 2013.
Microsoft also boosted its spending by 20 percent, from $1.9 million in 2012 to $2.2 million during the third quarter of this year.
Another group which has decided that it needs to grease a few palms is Apple whose lobbying efforts shot up 111 percent between the third quarter of 2012 and 2013. However it did not spend that much something like $970,000 this year. Cisco Systems spent $890,000, IBM $1.18 million, Intel $980,000 and Oracle spent $1.36 million.
Google is not the biggest buyer of political influence. The US Chamber of Commerce has spent $35.9 million so far and the National Association of Realtors who wrote a cheque for $17.7 million.