In the second quarter of 2018, Facebook, Amazon, and Google spent record amounts on lobbying US politicians, disclosures showed.
Amid increased scrutiny from politicians and activists, the tech giants spent record amounts of cash. Facebook spent $3.67 million, Google spent $5.83 million and Amazon spent $3.47 million.
After Facebook’s involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and privacy concerns from the European Union and United States, they spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That’s the largest single-quarter sum that the company has ever spent, according to Politico.
Google was recently hit with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine by the European Union, contributing to the reasons why they’d spend $5.83 million on lobbying in the second quarter, setting a record for the company.
Amazon has been facing persistent attacks from President Donald Trump over CEO Jeff Bezo’s ownership of The Washington Post, spent a record $3.47 million in the quarter. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has also been on the attack, insisting on better treatment of employees.
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