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Google’s 2015 Spending On Lobbying Tops $16 Million For Second Year, Leading 16 Tech And Communications Companies; Facebook, Amazon, Apple Post Records

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Google’s 2015 Spending On Lobbying Tops $16 Million For Second Year, Leading 16 Tech And Communications Companies; Facebook, Amazon, Apple Post Records

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog.

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Consumer Watchdog Vows To Press Case For Online Privacy At Google and Facebook After FCC Rejects Petition For Rules Covering Largest Online Companies

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Friday, November 6, 2015

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Consumer Watchdog Vows To Press Case For Online Privacy At Google and Facebook After FCC Rejects Petition For Rules Covering Largest Online Companies

SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of the Federation Communication Commission’s denial of its petition seeking online privacy protections at online companies like Google and Facebook, Consumer Watchdog today vowed to press state regulators, Congress and the courts to better protect Internet users’ privacy.

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Google Trims 3rd Quarter Lobbying To $3.65 Million But Still Leads 16 Tech Firms; Oracle, Amazon Outlays Soar As Facebook Posts 3rd Quarter Record $2.59 Million

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Google Trims 3rd Quarter Lobbying To $3.65 Million But Still Leads 16 Tech Firms; Oracle, Amazon Outlays Soar As Facebook Posts 3rd Quarter Record $2.59 Million

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog.

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Google Spends Record $5.47 Million On 1st Quarter Lobbying; Comcast Outlay Soars 50 Percent To $4.62 Million While Amazon Posts 130 Percent Increase To $1.91 Million

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Google Spends Record $5.47 Million On 1st Quarter Lobbying; Comcast Outlay Soars 50 Percent To $4.62 Million While Amazon Posts 130 Percent Increase To $1.91 Million

WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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Google Spends $5 Million Lobbying In 2nd Quarter Leading 15 Tech, Communications Firms

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Google Spends $5 Million Lobbying In 2nd Quarter Leading 15 Tech, Communications Firms

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog.

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Tech Titans’ Dirty Linen Won’t Be Aired Further

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Tech Titans’ Dirty Linen Won’t Be Aired Further

A settlement has been reached in the $3 billion class action lawsuit on behalf of 64,000 high tech workers who charged that Silicon Valley tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin illegally conspired to keep their wages down.

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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Privacy Groups Urge FTC To Block Pending Facebook Privacy Changes

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Privacy Groups Urge FTC To Block Pending Facebook Privacy Changes

WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer privacy groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce an earlier consent order with Facebook and block proposed changes in the social network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy because the proposed changes violate the 2011 settlement with the Commission.

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook continued to pump money into their Washington lobbying efforts in the third quarter with the Internet giant spending its second most amount in one quarter while the social networking company spent its most ever for one quarter. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other corporations,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “They are not. They are following the corrupt corporate tradition in Washington: buying what you want.”

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Feds Wondered Who Funded Push To Probe Google

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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An official with Consumer Watchdog, which has been a frequent and sharp critic of Google, said despite the speculation, the organization does not receive funding from the search engine's competitors — Microsoft, Yahoo or Facebook. "I don't know why they would have speculated about that," said John M. Simpson, privacy director for Consumer Watchdog. "They could have just called and asked."

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Consumer Watchdog Says Google’s Record Lobbying Tab Shows Astounding Cynicism

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Monday, April 23, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Says Google’s Record Lobbying Tab Shows Astounding Cynicism

Internet Giant’s Expenses Soar 240 Percent, Topping $5.03 Million In 1st Quarter WASHINGTON DC -- Google continues to pump record amounts into its effort to influence federal legislators and policymakers, spending $5.03 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2012, a 240 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago, according to new disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Sergey Brin Pounds Fists Against Walled Gardens

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Monday, April 16, 2012

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"Whenever Google raises the cry of defending Internet freedom, it's always really about what's best for Google's business model," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld.

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