Apple spent $9.4 million in D.C. last year

"Apple’s spend was part of an 'incredible onslaught of money' which derailed proposed antitrust legislation in the Senate."

From Ben Lovejoy's "Apple lobbying spend hit new record last year, as it fought antitrust legislation" posted Tuesday by 9to5Mac:

Last year saw a record Apple lobbying spend, as the company sought to fight the threat of antitrust legislation, according to public disclosures.

Apple’s spend was part of an “incredible onslaught of money” which derailed proposed antitrust legislation in the Senate, according to its leading sponsor...

CNBC reports that Apple last year boosted its lobbying spend by 44%.

Apple ramped up its lobbying spending last year, increasing its total for the year by 44% compared to 2021, according to public disclosures..

Apple’s total lobbying efforts came to nearly $9.4 million for all of 2022, a record for the company but just below Microsoft’s $9.8 million and Google’s $10.9 million. Amazon and Facebook-owner Meta topped the list by total spend, doling out $19.7 million and $19.2 million, respectively.

Apple’s filing lists eight lobbyists on antitrust issues, a higher number than for any other issue – though the company included lobbying on LGBTQ issues under the same heading.

My take: A Bloomberg bar chart last summer showed Apple cutting back in 2021, making this year's increase look even bigger.

9 Comments

  1. Daniel Epstein said:
    Considering how big the Company is and the consequences of legislation which could result this still seems like a small effort by Apple. Even though the spend went up it still seems minimal. I hope they are correct in only spending these sums to keep the government from screwing tunings up.

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    January 25, 2023
  2. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Made me think of PED’s take from his earlier article posted 7/21/2022 :

    “ My take: That Amazon spent 2.5 times more than Apple lobbying Congress last quarter suggests Amazon has more to fear. “

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    January 25, 2023
    • Alan Birnbaum said:
      What about Google ?

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      January 25, 2023
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    “My take: That Amazon spent 2.5 times more than Apple lobbying Congress last quarter suggests Amazon has more to fear. “

    Seeing how much Amazon and Meta paid lobbyists I thought the same thing. I’ll bet the fear level at those institutions is high enough they’d rather spend the money on assassins.

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    January 25, 2023
  4. Rodney Avilla said:
    I wonder if some of the 2022 money was 2021 money that was delayed, for whatever reason.

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    January 25, 2023
  5. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. Last year saw a record Apple lobbying spend, as the company sought to fight the threat of antitrust legislation, according to public disclosures.”

    On reading the above statement, one may erroneously perceive that Apple wrongly used money to fight the threat of antitrust legislation. All Apple did was conduct business by educating Congressional leaders on Apple’s perspective that it had no monopoly over competitors or future competitors. Apple has a legal right to lobby on its behalf.

    “…. Apple’s spend was part of an ‘incredible onslaught of money’ which derailed proposed antitrust legislation in the Senate, according to its leading sponsor …”.

    The author’s sentence above is disingenuous. Apple spent less lobbying funds among the tech titans. So, it is very misleading to imply to the reader that Apple somehow led the charge in spending an enormous amount, as if Apple was hell-bent on using vast sums of money to ward off anti-competitive legislation.

    “…. Apple’s total lobbying efforts came to nearly $9.4 million for all of 2022, a record for the company but just below Microsoft’s $9.8 million and Google’s $10.9 million. Amazon and Facebook-owner Meta topped the list by total spend, doling out $19.7 million and $19.2 million, respectively.”

    Meta and Amazon spent over twice what Apple spent on lobbying. So, why is this article singling out Apple as some culprit? Should the news report single out Meta and Amazon and then mention Apple’s modest role in the narrative?

    “…. The bill didn’t make it as far as a vote, something which its primary sponsor, Senator Amy Klobuchar, said was due to an ‘incredible onslaught of money’ from lobbyists.”

    I understand that some lawmakers are rethinking their position on the proposed legislation. The bill died because Apple, through its constitutional right, made telephone calls, wrote letters, published white papers, and conducted personal interviews to educate lawmakers on the issue. Once educated on the subject, lawmakers revisited their respective positions.

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    January 25, 2023
    • S Lawton said:
      “…. Last year saw a record Apple lobbying spend, as the company sought to fight the threat of antitrust legislation, according to public disclosures.”
      On reading the above statement, one may erroneously perceive that Apple wrongly used money to fight the threat of antitrust legislation. All Apple did was conduct business by educating Congressional leaders on Apple’s perspective that it had no monopoly over competitors or future competitors. Apple has a legal right to lobby on its behalf.”
      “Meta and Amazon spent over twice what Apple spent on lobbying. So, why is this article singling out Apple as some culprit? Should the news report single out Meta and Amazon and then mention Apple’s modest role in the narrative?”
      Jerry,
      You are talking at cross purposes here. First you say that Apple has a legal right to lobby on its behalf and then villanize Meta and Amazon as culprits because they spent more money doing the same thing?

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      January 25, 2023
  6. John Konopka said:
    It always amazes me how little is spent on lobbying compared to the potential benefit. Lobbying has to have the greatest ROI of almost any money a company can spend.

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    January 26, 2023

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