Facebook's Lobbying Hits Record $2.5M As Google Pulls Back

Law360, New York (April 24, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT) -- Facebook Inc. spent a company record $2.45 million in the first quarter to lobby federal lawmakers and regulators on issues ranging from cybersecurity and children's privacy to immigration and taxation reform, while fellow Silicon Valley giant Google Inc.'s industry-leading expenditures dropped over last year, according to disclosures released Monday.

The spending surpassed Facebook's previous high of $1.4 million, which it dished out in the previous quarter, and put the company on pace to shatter the company record $4 million it spent on lobbying during all of last year. Google spent $3.35 million, equal to its spending the previous quarter but down...

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