Google top spender on lobbying in US, spent $21.7 million in 2018

Marco Green
June 12, 2019

The report cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy.

"I can tell you they discriminate against me", Trump responded to Kernen.

He said it was unclear if American tech companies actually deserved the lawsuits from the European Union, which he described as "easy money" for Europe. Last year, the company spent Dollars 21.7 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And while the first few months of the year were, like the rest of the market, good for the FAANGS, the same can't be said for the last month or so, where stocks like Google and Apple posted double-digit losses for the month of May.

It follows widespread reports last week that the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have carved up oversight of the tech firms.

The president tweeted in March, "Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats, but fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before!" "Well I won, you know, and I'll win again, because we're doing well, and we're not the fools anymore, we're not the foolish country that does so badly".

Google started spending more on lobbying in 2011 and 2012 as it faced challenges from the FTC.

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The FTC has the power to look into Amazon and Facebook, which it is already examining over the giant Cambridge Analytica data breach a year ago.

Facebook's costs rose 45% from 2016 and nearly sixtyfold from 2009.

"They don't have near the capability of our geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts, and they're worth $2 billion apiece, okay?" he said.

Amazon's spending climbed 27% from two years earlier and nearly eightfold over a decade. People would much rather be long Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce than Apple and Google. There is no formal complaint yet, but the sources said discussions are likely to focus on companies' use of data, dominance in industries like online advertising and anti-competitive concerns.

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