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InfoShot: US tech lobbying Q2 2015

Last year saw the world’s biggest tech companies spend some $84 million lobbying lawmakers in Washington. The figures for Q2 of 2015 have just been released and so far this year the ten biggest tech lobbyers have spent $41.2 million whispering in the ears of those on Capitol Hill.

From connected cars, Dodd Frank & recycling to labour laws & immigration, copyright & IP, there were few subjects the tech scene didn’t want to discuss. Even Obamacare and the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements were lobbied on.

Google again led the spending spree. The search giant spent $4.62 million in Q2; down slightly from Q1 but the company still spent more in the first half of 2015 than it did last year, and nearly double the amount any other tech company has. Facebook, Amazon and Apple all continued their trends of increased spending - $2.69 million, $2.15 million and $1.23 million respectively – with all three having spent more in the first half of this year than in 2014. Amazon’s spend has jumped over 100% to $4.06 million, having only spent $4.74 in the whole of last year.

Other big spenders included Qualcomm [$2.51 million] and Microsoft [$2.24 million] plus the usual enterprise giants Oracle Intel, HP and IBM, who all spent over $1 million this quarter. Ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry’s spend remained at zero for his quarter, compared to the $1.25 million it spent in Q1 & Q2 of 2014. If spending continues on a similar trajectory for the rest of the year, most of the companies on this list will spend more in 2015 than the previous year.

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

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