Apple Tightens Spending for Federal Lobbying

Apple didn’t feel compelled to increase its federal lobbying efforts last year and the money trail proves that reality.

According to Apple’s LD-2 disclosure form, which was obtained Monday by Fortune, Apple cut its lobbying spending in Washington by 13% last year.

All told, Apple spent less than $2 million on lobbying in the Capitol. This reality stands in stark contrast to other tech titans which went the other way on lobbying.

Facebook, for example, increased its spending for lobbying in 2012 by nearly 200% – $1.35 million to $4 million. Google, on the other hand, blew Apple and Facebook away with its $18 million in lobbying expenses.

Based on the details regarding Apple’s lobbying efforts, the $2 million spent by the iPhone maker was spread out to cover:

  • Taxation (including the repatriation of profits earned overseas)
  • Education (including the use of digital textbooks in schools)
  • Telecommunications (including open Internet and children protection issues)
  • Environment (including electronic waste, Energy Star and EPEAT standards)
  • Trade (including free trade and border issues)
  • Consumer Issues (including privacy protection and the Do Not Track Me Online Act)
  • Investments and the SEC (including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act)
  • Transportation (including the use of technology in cars and airplanes)
  • Computer Industry (including cybercrime)
  • Appropriations (including government precurement rules)
  • Media (including electronic publishing)
  • Medical (including the regulation of mobile medical devices)

To read the full report from CNNMoney, click here.