Companies that peddle online ads still spent a record amount trying to peddle influence in Washington even when Congress was gridlocked and when many lawmakers were on recess.
So far in 2012, Google has spent $13.1 million, according to filings. The search giant is staring down a possible antitrust case from the Federal Trade Commission. It spent a record $5.4 million in the first quarter, then nearly $4.4 million in the second. In the third quarter ending in September, it shelled out $4.2 million (that's a 76% jump from the year-ago quarter when it spent nearly $ 2.4 million). The search giant has already eclipsed its spending in 2011, which was $9.7 million.
Google was not alone in flexing its financial muscle in Washington.
Facebook spent more in the third quarter than in any lobbying quarter in its history. It shelled out just shy of $1 million. That's more than double what it spent a year ago.
The giant social network spent $980,000 on lobbying compared with $360,000 in the third quarter a year ago. Last quarter Facebook also ramped up spending, shelling out $960,000.