Google increases lobbying expenditures amid increasing pressure

04/24/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Google's lobbying bill came to $5.03 million for the first three months of 2012, more than triple what it spent during the same period in 2011 and almost as much as it shelled out for all of 2010 to influence lawmakers in Washington, disclosure forms reveal. Google says the increase in spending reflects the importance of new measures being discussed on Capitol Hill, while analysts say the increase is evidence that the search giant is on the defensive as it faces close examination from U.S. regulators and an antitrust investigation in the European Union.

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