Apple not keen on multi-million lobbying efforts

Last week the third-quarter lobbying expenditures of various companies was released to the public and while tech companies are relatively benign (read: un-involved) lobbyists, some are spending a lot more money than others. And from within that group, Apple's lobbying expenditures are extremely low.

Ah, lobbyists. The bane of Washington's existence and the crutch corporate America uses to push through self-serving legislation. Last week the third-quarter lobbying expenditures of various companies was released to the public and while tech companies are relatively benign (read: un-involved) lobbyists, some are spending a lot more money than others. And from within that group, Apple's lobbying expenditures are extremely low.

Here's the breakdown.

Verizon spent $3.83 million in lobbying efforts during the third quarter of 2011. Their efforts mostly related to taxes and tangential issues such as texting while driving. AT&T, meanwhile, spent $3.47 million during the same time period, with their focus being on issues like calling cards and broadband infrastructure.

And then there's Apple, whose Q3 lobbying bill came in at a relatively paltry 340,000.

Some other lobbying efforts from various tech companies include:

HP - 1.6 million

Microsoft - $ 1.63 million

Google - $1.2 million

IBM - 1 million

Intel - $830,000

Yahoo, $540,000

Facebook - $120,000

via AllThingsD

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