The Q1 2012 filing deadline passed – it’s time to look at the companies making moves in Washington. Here is quick look at the lobbying efforts of some of the major technology companies. Facebook, Google and Apple all increased their lobbying from the previous quarter while Microsoft, Oracle, and Yahoo! all decreased their lobbying from the previous quarter.
Facebook: Increased lobbying by 47% from previous quarter
Facebook continues to increase their lobbying efforts spending $200,000 more this quarter compared to last.
- The company went from $440,000 in Q4 2011, to $650,000 in Q1 2012.
- Issues: Lobbied On: Federal policy on online security measures for private industry, data storage, and online safety to ensure the safety of Internet users; education regarding Facebook’s tag-suggest feature; overview of FTC agreement and Irish Data Commission announcement
New firms that Facebook hired and what they lobbied:
- Steptoe & Johnson: issues related to social networking
- The Glover Park Group, LLC: general advocacy on legislative and policies issues related to Technology and Internet policy including personal privacy, protecting children and advancing online security
Google: Increased lobbying by 34% from previous quarter
- Spent $5,030,000 in Q1 2012, up $1,270,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $3,760,000
- Lobbying issues: S. 978 – Commercial Felony Streaming Act; S. 23 and H.R. 1249 – America Invents Act; H.R. 654 – Do Not Track Me Online Act; H.R. 2164 – Legal Workforce Act; H.R. 1002 – Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011; Google Maps and Google Earth Issues
Apple: Increased lobbying by 11% from previous quarter
- Spent $500,000 during Q1 2012, up $50,000 from Q4 2011, when they spent $450,000
- Lobbying issues: S. 23/ H.R. 1249: America Invests Act; S. 968 Protect IP Act; Patent Infringement; H.R. 942 American Research and Competitiveness Act; Elementary & Secondary Education Authorization; Battery Transportation & Safety Issues; S. 1223 Location Privacy Protection Act; S. 575 Debit Interchange Fee Study Act;
Microsoft: Decreased lobbying by 5% from previous quarter
- Spent $1,790,000 in Q1 2012, down $90,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $1,880,000
- Lobbying issues: Protection of critical infrastructure and cyber security; heath IT procurement; policy issues in cloud computing; online enforcement of copyright; child online safety and gaming safety issues related to parental controls and family setting; Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act; international tax reform proposals; H.R. 12 America Jobs Act of 2011
Oracle: Decreased lobbying by 27% from previous quarter
- Spent $1,100,000 in Q1 2012, down $410,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $1,510,000.
- Lobbying issues: Defense, Appropriations and Intelligence; security, standards and global competitiveness in IT; S 21 Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011; government procurement policy; immigrant and non-immigrant visas for skilled professionals
Yahoo!: Decreased lobbying by 3% from previous quarter
- Spent $650,000 in Q1 2012, down $20,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $630,000.
- Lobbying issues: online behavioral advertising self regulation; H.R. Act 611 Best Practices Act; H.R. 1895 Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011; H.R. 1528 Consumer Privacy Act of 2011; H.R. 3605 Global Freedom Act; international tax proposals; S 913 Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011