According to lobbying disclosure reports, Google's spent $2.9 million influencing lawmakers so far this year. The tech giant has lobbied on Internet privacy, online advertising and intellectual privacy issues. Online advertising revenues brought the Mountain View, Calif. company $17 billion so far this year.
Google also lobbied the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
The increased lobbying expenditures come on the heels of news that the company has begun beefing up its Washington DC lobbying office. In response to Congress' increased attention to net neutrality and online privacy issues, Google has hired a slew of Washington insiders, including a former senior Republican aide to the House Financial Services Committee and a former senior staffer to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).
"There is a growing number of issues being debated in Washington affecting the Internet and our users and we feel it is important to be involved in those debates," said Adam Kovacevich, a Google spokesman.