Google Spent Over $2 Million On Lobbying In Q2

Search engine giant Google spent $2.06 million on lobbying during the second quarter of 2011, as the Federal Trade Commission investigates its internet search and advertising activities.

According to an article on the National Journal, the company increased its funding by nearly $600,000 in the second quarter. It had invested $1.48 million in the previous quarter.

Google said in a lobbying disclosure form that it was lobbying Congress, the FTC and the US Justice Department.

Meanwhile, even as Google ups its lobbying budget, US wireless carrier AT&T reduced its spending on lobbying efforts even as the regulators scrutinise its proposed acquisition of rival and the fourth largest US mobile phone operator, T-Mobile.

The company spent $4.85 million on lobbying during the second quarter of 2011, nearly $2 million less than the $6.84 million it had spent during the first quarter. T-Mobile also increased its lobbying budget, spending close to a million dollars in the second quarter. The company had spent $690,000 during the first quarter.

Sprint, which is opposed to the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, also increased its lobby spending, investing $1.36 million this quarter, an increment from $583,000 in the previous quarter.