Washington – Internet giant Google (NASD: GOOG) spent $1.34 million on
federal lobbying during the second quarter, up 41% from the same period a year
ago, according to nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog.
The company now has spent $2.72 million lobbying during the first half of the
year, according to reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.
organization said that Google spent heavily in an attempt to influence issues
such as online advertising regulation.
"Like most corporations, Google has
a definite Washington agenda and it is willing to spend millions to further
it," said John Simpson, consumer advocate with the group.