Facebook Gaining On Google With Record Lobbying Figure

Law360, New York (April 25, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT) -- Facebook Inc. set a new company record for lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of 2014, drawing closer to industry leader Google Inc. in efforts to influence federal lawmakers on issues ranging from data security and government surveillance to patent reform and health issues, according to recently released disclosures.

During the first three months of 2014, the social networking giant spent a personal best of $2.78 million to pay lobbyists from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Patton Boggs LLP and several other firms to talk to lawmakers...
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