Facebook Spends $120,000 on Lobbying in Third Quarter 2010


By Kim-Mai Cutler Comment

Facebook spent $120,000 on lobbying in the third quarter this year, double what the company paid last quarter to reach government officials and elected representatives and roughly what it spent last year during the same time.

The social network lobbied the usual suspects — The Department of Homeland Security, The Federal Trade Commission, The State Department, and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It also reached out to the White House’s National Economic Council, which makes sense as the company recently poached the council’s chief of staff Marne Levine to be its vice president of global public policy.

It reported that its top priorities included federal privacy regulation, restrictions on Internet access by foreign governments and net neutrality. Facebook also focused on regulation and reporting requirements around the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

It also focused on the modernization of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which was last revised more than two decades ago in 1986 and governs how privacy protections are given to wireless and online communications. The company recently banded together with Google, Amazon and other big consumer Internet companies to form a Digital Due Process coalition to offer some ideas for how to update the bill.