Blame it on federal probes or heightened awareness about Internet privacy, but Google's been spending more than $5 million lobbying Congress in the first three months of this year.
To give a little more perspective, Google only spent $1.48 million this time last year, which means spending jumped 240 percent, according to the U.S. Office of the Clerk of the House lobbying disclosure database. From January through March of this year, Apple spent $500,000; Facebook spent $650,000; and Amazon laid out $870,000 to lobby Congress.
This year, the company was accused of bypassing Apple’s privacy settings in Safari in order to track users’ Web browsing activity without their knowledge. In the European Union, Google faces an antitrust investigation and accusations that it violated personal privacy protections.