Google also increased its spending relative to last year, doling out $4.17 million on lobbying in the third quarter, up 9 percent. In addition to lobbying Congress and the White House on the regulation of online advertising, Google also used its lobbying operation for issues such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, President Trump's travel bans, and antitrust law and tax reform.
Of any corporation in or out of the tech industry, Google spent the second-highest amount. AT&T topped everyone, at $4.43 million. The telecom company is still waiting for federal officials to review its $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner, which is listed on its lobbying disclosures. The two companies recently said they will extend the deadline to finalize the deal, with the hope of obtaining a nod from the government.
Amazon, according to its disclosures, spent $3.4 million from July 1 to Sept. 30, up 26 percent from what it spent during the same period last year. That's more than Amazon has ever spent in a single quarter. Amazon lobbied on issues including DACA, autonomous vehicles and corporate tax reform.
Uber and Apple also increased their spending in the third quarter year over year. Apple spent $1.86 million in the third quarter, up 73 percent. The iPhone maker lobbied on issues including DACA, corporate tax reform and climate change. Uber dedicated $510,000 to federal lobbying, an increase of 50 percent. Autonomous driving and foreign regulation of data management were among the issues the ride-hailing company prioritized.
While many of tech's biggest names pumped up their lobbying spending, Twitter and Microsoft actually decreased their spending compared with the third quarter last year.
Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon and Twitter declined to comment. Uber and Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)