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Google boosts lobbying spending more than 50%

Google increased its first-quarter spending on lobbying by more than 50 percent to argue its position on privacy, online advertising competition and net neutrality to members of Congress, federal regulators and the White House.

According to documents filed Tuesday with Congress, the company spent $1.38 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2010 compared with $880,000 in the same period last year. The Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant spent $1.12 million on lobbying in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Google's policy objectives appeared to greatly expand in recent months. With its decision to stop operations in China because of demands by the government to censor search results, seven Google staffers lobbied lawmakers, members of the executive office of the president, the U.S. Trade Representative and State Department on bills related to online freedom of expression.

Several staffers lobbied lawmakers and the Federal Trade Commission on online privacy and data security issues. Rick Whitt, media counsel, and Alan Davidson, director of public policy, were among several staffers who pushed the company's support for net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission and a bill that would inventory spectrum that could be used for mobile broadband use.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  FCC , FTC , Google  
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