AMD spends $210,000 lobbying politicians

Maker of chips AMD has admitted that it has spent more than $210,000 over three months making sure that Washington politicians are well lubricated.

According to a federal filing, AMD spent the money on US government lobbying in the first quarter mostly to encourage Washingto to see its way on antitrust matters and the federal technology budget.

The spending was up from $190,000 that AMD spent on lobbying the federal government in the first quarter of last year and from the $200,000 it spent in the last quarter of 2009.

It is a drop in the bucket in comparison to what Intel spends. The number one chip maker spent $1.1 million on lobbying in the first quarter, although its revenue is seven times higher.

AMD’s lobbyists targeted Congress and such government agencies as the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the Commerce and Treasury departments.

It’s hard to quantify whether their lobbying did any good or not. Intel has an office a stone’s throw from the White House. Power to the people.