Big Tech Firms All Upped Their Lobbying Dollars in 2014

Google, Facebook, Apple all maxed out to lobbyists in 2014.

Silicon Valley made its presence felt in Washington in 2014 the old-fashioned way.

Burying lobbyists in a cavalcade of cash.

Google spent more than ever before in Washington, shelling out $16.83 million in 2014, almost $3 million more than in 2013, according to PandoDaily.

That might not seem like a lot for a company the size of Google. It's more than the $9.34 million, $4.74 million, and $4.1 million spent by Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, respectively, the Web site reported.

All of those spending figures were double-digit increases in lobbyist spending for those firms.

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