Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Google lobbying spending reached new high in early 2015

(Reuters) Google Inc (GOOGL.O), already one of Washington's biggest spenders, set a company record for its lobbying activity in the first quarter of 2015 when it spent $5.5 million, according to a government database.

Google ranked ninth in terms of total lobbying spending in 2014 at $16.8 million, behind the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($124 million) and the National Association of Realtors ($55 million), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The disclosure on lobbying expenditures comes as the company faces charges brought by the European Union that it demoted rivals in search results.

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