Google Tops Comcast in Q1 Lobbying

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Comcast spent a handsome sum on lobbying in the first quarter as it seeks to persuade regulators and lawmakers that it's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is in the public interest.

The Philadelphia-based cable giant shelled out $3.09 million on lobbying, Consumer Watchdog revealed, citing disclosure forms filed with the U.S. House of Representatives. Comcast lobbied on a wide array of issues, such as privacy, carriage of public, educational and government channels, sports programming, reform of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and its pending merger with Time Warner Cable, according to the disclosure form.

Of all the telecom and tech giants, Google spent the most on lobbying in the first quarter: $3.82 million. Lobbying issues included online child safety protection issues, cybersecurity and transparency concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and national security orders, among a host of other matters, the disclosure form revealed.

Verizon and AT&T weren't far behind Google, spending $3.55 million and $3.67 million respectively.

And for the first time in the history of Apple, the iPhone maker spent more than $1 million on lobbying, according to Consumer Watchdog. Apple's spending on lobbying rose 48.6 percent from $720,000 in 2013 to $1.07 million, the nonprofit organization said.

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