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Facebook, Amazon each spent about $20 million lobbying in 2021 during tech crackdown debate

America’s tech titans showered Washington with lobbying {dollars} in 2021, with each Facebook and Amazon spending document highs beneath the specter of a brand new tech crackdown.

Facebook, which has reorganized as Meta, spent greater than $20 million on lobbying in 2021, up from $19.68 million in 2020, in response to its latest disclosure submitted final week.

Meta spent extra on lobbying in 2021’s remaining quarter, $5.42 million, than during any quarter of the earlier decade, in response to the U.S. Senate’s database of Lobbying Disclosure Act reviews. Meta’s disclosure reveals it lobbied a number of federal businesses and Congress on points involving tech competitors and cybersecurity, taxation, China, election integrity and way more.

Amazon additionally spent extra final 12 months and final quarter than during any 12 months or quarter of the final decade. Amazon spent greater than $19.3 million on lobbying final 12 months, together with $4.92 million in the 12 months’s remaining quarter, in response to its lobbying disclosures. In 2020, Amazon spent $17.86 million on lobbying.

Like Facebook, Amazon lobbied on a variety of points involving tech, taxation, China and extra.

Google spent extra on lobbying in 2021 than in the previous 12 months however it spent almost twice as a lot during the primary 12 months of the Trump administration because it did during President Biden’s first 12 months in workplace.

According to its disclosures, Google stated it spent $9.6 million on lobbying in 2021, in comparison with $7.53 million in 2020. In 2017, nevertheless, the corporate spent barely greater than $18 million on lobbying.

Microsoft spent greater than Google on lobbying final 12 months and has not confronted the identical wrath from lawmakers scrutinizing tech behemoths as Facebook, Amazon, Google or Apple. Microsoft spent $10.16 million on lobbying final 12 months, up from almost $9.4 million in 2020, in response to its disclosures.

Apple spent far lower than different giant tech corporations lobbying Washington, however it’s nonetheless working laborious to have an effect on laws that might alter its enterprise. Apple spent $6.5 million on lobbying final 12 months, in response to its disclosure.

As the Senate debates new antitrust laws straight affecting Apple’s enterprise, the corporate’s lobbying efforts might change.

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, stated he spent 40 minutes on the cellphone with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the day earlier than the judiciary committee reviewed antitrust laws involving tech corporations preferencing their very own merchandise.

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