For the first quarter of 2018, Google spent the most on lobbying Congress among tech and communications companies at over $5 million, a 42.6% jump over the same period in 2017 ($3.52 million). That is according to Consumer Watchdog.
Google faces the same regulatory headwinds now buffeting Facebook and other edge providers over their size and power over online information.
Apple, for example, had the second biggest increase in lobbying spending over the same period (behind Cisco), up 52.3% to $2.14 million.
Amazon spent $3.38 million in the quarter and now has nearly tripled its first-quarter lobbying expenses in the past three years.
Charter spent $2.34 million, up 15.9% from $2.02 million in Q1 2017.
Consumer Watchdog based its numbers on filings with the House of Representatives that were due last week.
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