InfoShot: Tech lobbying: Q1 2015

Last year saw the world’s biggest tech companies spend some $84 million lobbying lawmakers in Washington. The figures for Q1 of 2015 have just been released, and between them, the ten biggest tech lobbyers spent $19.59 million whispering in the ears of those on Capitol Hill.

Immigration, automobiles, data privacy, advertising, patents and more were all the subject of debate, and Google topped spending again, splashing out $5.47 million on lobbying in the first three months of the year, an increase of over $1.6 million compared to Q1 of 2014.

Other big spenders included Facebook at $2.44 million (down 12% from this time last year) and Qualcomm (up 46%). But while Google spent the most, plenty of other companies racked up impressive efforts. Amazon’s Q1 spend year on year was up 130% to $1.9 million – almost halfway to what the ecommerce giant spent in the whole of 2014. EMC’s spend was up 110% on this time last year to $800,000, the second-largest amount the storage giant has spent in a single quarter.

Last year saw many of tech’s historic giants reducing their lobbying spend, and this trend has continued. Microsoft (9%), Oracle (15%), Intel (5%), HP (27%) and IBM (21%) all saw their spending fall compared to last year, BlackBerry’s spending has dropped down to zero from $670,000.

Of the companies that spent less than a $1 million this quarter; Yahoo!, Cisco, eBay, Xerox, Samsung Palantir, Huawei and Autodesk saw their spend increase, while Accenture, Dell, Cognizant, SAP and Adobe saw theirs fall.



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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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