The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, Oracle $1.5 million, Apple $1.1 million, and Amazon $830,000.
Other players spent less: Yahoo dropped $710,000 in the period and Sprint spent $784,000. Twitter spent a mere $50,000. (You can look up other firms here.)
That adds up to a lot of cash. The Wall Street Journal published a graph of lobbying spend by several tech companies:
Why did Facebook spend so much in the quarter? Stock-based compensation costs. So Facebook’s non-GAAP lobbying spend would look a bit flatter. You can thank me later for that joke.
If you take a look at tech spending in the first quarter of 2011 in the above chart, and…
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