Yesterday, the company filed its first-ever lobbying disclosure report — an account of how much it spent in the previous quarter and on what issues. A look inside suggests that the company is already deep into some of Silicon Valley's biggest policy issues.
Altogether, Twitter spent about $40,000 lobbying Congress, according to the filing. That's pocket change compared to the likes of Microsoft and AT&T, which spent $2.2 million and $4.3 million, respectively. But that hasn't kept the social media company from engaging lawmakers on major topics of national import. Here's a short list of some of the issues and bills it's dealt with:
- Do Not Track
- Reforms to the FISA process and NSA surveillance
- The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
- Patents and patent trolls
- High-skilled immigration
- Net neutrality and internet governance
- CISPA and cybersecurity
Twitter may be a recent addition to Washington's lobbying scene. But it's quickly settling in — and if its early records are any indication, the company could become a key ally to civil liberties groups.