Google this year spent $25 million over its lobbying budget, thanks and including the FTB probe into its business practices over its claims on anti-competitve behaviour, reports Politico’s Pro arm. While the FTC probe lasted for total of 20 months, the political spending tallying a total of $24 million spent by the company in2011 and 2012 come into picture today.
Politico reports on by saying that:
To ward off an antitrust case, Google relied on alliances with The Heritage Foundation, and liberals like free-speech advocate Eugene Volohk and former FTC staffer David Balto. They all helped raise public doubts about an antitrust probe of a company that once received praise in the president’s State of the Union address.