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Google, Amazon, Facebook spend record amounts lobbying US politicians

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  • Facebook, Amazon, and Google spent record amounts on
    lobbying US politicians during the second quarter of 2018,
    disclosures showed.
  • Facebook spent $3.67 million while Google spent $5.83
    million and Amazon spent $3.47 million.

Amid increased scrutiny from major politicians and activists,
tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google each set records during
the second quarter of 2018 for dollars spent on lobbying in
Washington, DC, disclosures showed.

Facebook, a company that has faced backlash over privacy
concerns, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fake news on its
platform, spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That’s
the largest single-quarter sum the company has ever spent,
Politico reported.

Google, which was recently slapped with a record $2.7 billion
antitrust fine by the European Union, spent $5.83 million on
lobbying in the quarter, a record for the company. 

And Amazon, which has faced persistent attacks from President
Donald Trump over CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of The Washington
Post, spent a record $3.47 million in the quarter. On Monday,
Trump again took aim at the company and suggested that it could face
antitrust claims.

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