increased scrutiny from major politicians and activists,
tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google each set records
during the second quarter of 2018 for dollars spent on
lobbying in Washington, DC, disclosures showed.
a company that has faced backlash over privacy concerns, the
Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fake news on its platform,
spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That's the
largest single-quarter sum the company has ever spent, Politico
which was recently slapped with a record $2.7 billion
antitrust fine by the European Union, spent $5.83 million on
lobbying in the quarter, a record for the company.
Amazon, which has faced persistent attacks from President
Donald Trump over CEO Jeff Bezos's ownership of The
Washington Post, spent a record $3.47 million in the
quarter. On Monday, Trump again took aim at the company and suggested that
it could face antitrust claims.