Facebook is supplementing its strong internal staff of lobbyists with three outside lobbying firms that rarely use social media sites.
Facebook spent $320,000 on lobbying Congress and other U.S. government agencies during the second quarter of 2011, nearly as much as it spent in all of 2010, about $350,000.
Facebook has hired a former assistant to President Barack Obama, Sarah Feinberg.
Facebook has already spent $102,000 on 2011 lobbying in California.
In the first quarter of the year, Facebook spent $230,000 lobbying the federal government on issues core to the platform’s business, such as online privacy and equal access to the Internet.
The lobbying disclosure database revealed Facebook spent a total of $351,390 last year on lobbyists. Meanwhile, Apple spent $1.6 million, Yahoo spent $2.21 million and Google spent whopping $5.2 million in 2010.
Facebook’s lobbying efforts aren’t just a Washington D.C. phenomenon. The social network successfully spent more than $6,600 lobbying California government to stop legislation that would have levied penalties on social networks displaying addresses of people under 18.
Between April and June Facebook spent over $6,600 lobbying in California in an effort to have the Social Networking Privacy Act bill killed. Apparently the effort worked, although the state Senator Ellen Corbett could reintroduce the bill at a later point.