AMD spends small fortune on lobbying

Ex-chipmaker AMD spent $210,000 lobbying the US government in the first quarter of 2010, a recent federal filing reveals.

The firm's lobbying expenses have been creeping slowly up. It spent $200,000 in the last quarter of 2009 and $190,000 in the first quarter of last year, but its spending has got a long way to go to match that of rival Intel - a bit like its market share. Intel spent $1.1 million on lobbying in the first quarter.

AMD spent its dough on promoting its antitrust trust case and trying to get its hands on more of the federal technology budget, according to BusinessWeek.

AMD's dutifully filled-in form filed with the House clerk's office shows that the company's lobbyists pressed their case with Congress and the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the Commerce and Treasury departments, among others.

It was seriously miffed with Intel claiming the bigger chip maker used its far bigger muscles to keep AMD silicon out of many places it might have been. Intel denied the claims and eventually handed AMD $1.25 billion to shut up and go away, which it did, gleefully trousering the cash and showing a profit for the first time in donkey's years.