The social network spent $320,000 on lobbying Congress and other government agencies between March and June, 2011, nearly as much as it spent in all of 2010, about $350,000.
Issues such as privacy and security continue to keep Facebook in front government officials. The filings show that some of the legislation Facebook addressed was The Do-Not-Track Act of 2011, the Child Online Protection Act and the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights of 2011.
It’s still a meager sum when compared to Google, which spent $2.06 million on lobbying in the second quarter, setting an all-time company high and marking the first time the company has bested rival Microsoft.
The Center for Responsive Politics’ opensecrets.org web site will break out these numbers in the coming weeks, which we will report.
What do you think of Facebook’s growing lobbying efforts?