Fresh out of the Washington Post, Google and Facebook spent record amounts on lobbying in the second quarter of 2011. What does this mean? Well something is clearly brewing. Google spent a whopping $2.06 million, while Facebook spent $320,000 in the second quarter on lobbying, which is nearly as much the $351,390 the social network spent on lobbying in 2010 completely. Facebook spent $320,000 in the second quarter on lobbying, which is nearly as much the $351,390 the social network spent on lobbying in 2010. In fact, Facebook has surpassed its 2010 total spend in the first two quarters of 2011, and is on track to spend at least $1 million in 2011.
According to the article, this past quarter, Google’s lobbying strategy focused on online advertising regulation, intellectual property and trademark issues, cyber security and online privacy, renewable energy, freedom of expression and censorship, H-1B Visa reform, “openness and competition in the online services market,” cloud computing, tax reform, free trade, and broadband access.
Policy areas of focus for Facebook this year include global regulation of software companies and restrictions on internet access by foreign governments; patent reform, online safety measures, internet privacy regulations, cyber security, discussing House, Senate, and Government rules to allow more Government and Congressional offices to access social media to engage with citizens, and lobbying for Oregon power and water needs to support high-tech growth and investment in Oregon.
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