INTERNET SEARCH AND ADVERTISING FIRM Google spends more money on lobbying than any other non-defence related technology firm you might care to mention.
That is the finding of the US Consumer Watchdog organisation, an group that looks out for US citizens' interests.
It said that although firms like Apple and Amazon are making strides in the spending department, they aren't spending as much as Google.
Google actually cut its spending during the year, said Consumer Watchdog, but it still spent a great whack of money at the same time as it dealt with issues at the US Federal Trade Commission.
Google spent $3.4m, or £2.1m, in the last quarter, according to the study, 21 percent down from the $4.2m, or £2.6m, that it splashed out during the same period last year.
Microsoft spent $2.2m, or £1.36m, Facebook spent $1.4m, or £865,447, Apple spent $970,000, or £600,000, and Amazon pitched $780,000, or £492,000, in Washington's direction. In summary Consumer Watchdog was faintly critical of the firms' motives.
"Once again the lobbying disclosures demonstrate the sad truth about the state of our democracy," said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project. "When the government is open for business, policymaking is all about who has the cash and is willing throw it around."
The lobbying spending was disclosed to the Clerk of the US House of Representatives on Monday. Other than Google, the firms mentioned all raised the amount they spent on lobbying.
Oracle, which also appeared on the list, decreased its lobbying spending from $1.41m to $1.36m, or £840,419, while Intel increased its spending from $878,000 to $980,000, or £606,000. µ
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