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Tech Giants Broke Their Spending Records on Lobbying Last Year

Reading now: 520 Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. broke their lobbying spending records last year as they fended off heightened scrutiny of their business models and power over the US economy.

Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google spent slightly less than previous years, but they both still landed among the top 10 spenders in Washington.

In total, the top tech companies spent nearly $70 million on lobbying in 2022, outstripping other industries including pharmaceuticals and oil and gas, according to a Bloomberg News tally of lobbying disclosures filed with Congress.

The companies spent millions more on their wide array of trade groups, nonprofits and think tanks in Washington, but they aren't required to disclose those numbers.

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