Google and Big Lobbying Data

on May 1, 2012

Government lobbyists. Who comes to mind? Probably big banks, global conglomerates and other organizations with an agenda. But what about tech companies, like Google, which spent a record $5 million in the first three months of this year alone?

With recent big privacy bills like SOPA, Google clearly has a reason to outspend Microsoft, Facebook and any other major tech company. But flip through the drop down menu to compare Google against other industries, and you'll see Google's even out-lobbying large pharmaceuticals and banks. Of course, it still couldn't beat out telecom giant AT&T, which likely was lobbying for its attempted acquisition of T-Mobile.

Is this the future for lobbying--where technology companies must also spend big bucks in Washington to ensure their long-term growth?