Tech's Biggest Lobbyists

How Cisco, Google & others looked to win friends, influence legislators in 2013.

Increasingly rich technology companies are becoming increasingly influential in politics as they flood Washington, D.C., legislators with lobbying dollars designed to sway decisions on everything from immigration reform to patent rules. Here’s a look at the top lobbyists in tech based on numbers crunched by Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group.

Sprint

Sprint

Sample issues: spectrum; special access; cybersecurity issues; wireless lifeline

Yahoo

Yahoo

Sample issues: General representation including advertising, electronic commerce, mobile applications, geolocations, do not track

Cisco

Cisco

Sample issues: Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (and lots of other patent legislation); provisions related to cybersecurity and innovation; 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum

Apple

Apple

Sample issues: Saving High Tech Inventors from Egregious Legal Disputes Act (SHIELD); General copyright issues, IP infringement, piracy

Amazon

Amazon

Sample issues: broadband; device accessibility; Internet governance; and ICANN, including generic top-level domain names

Intel

Intel

Sample issues: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act; Cybersecurity issues; Science and math education legislation

Oracle

Oracle

Sample issues: corporate tax reform; general consumer privacy; Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act; Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013; Innovation Act

Facebook

Facebook

Sample issues: Federal policy on issues relevant to technology and the Internet including privacy, security, protecting children and online safety

IBM

IBM

Sample issues: Basic research funding for Department of Energy, Office of Science - High Performance Computing; cloud computing; Cybersecurity implications for international trade

Microsoft

Microsoft

Sample issues: Tax issues of interest to the U.S. computer software industry, including the R&D tax credit; immigration reform

Verizon

Verizon

Sample issues: cybersecurity; expanding the use of telemedicine; tax reform; Advancing Americas Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013

Google

Google

Sample issues: Electronic Communications Privacy Act; copyrights; Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act; Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act

AT&T

AT&T

Sample issues: All policy issues relating to the telecommunications industry, including implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, congressional oversight of that implementation and video franchise reform, handset exclusivity and net neutrality; broadband, cyber security, universal devices, D-Block, spectrum issues, Internet tax