Google Gets $erious in Washington

Lobby spend tops $5 million

Google isn't fooling around when it comes to Washington. The search giant spent $5.03 million in first quarter, a 240 percent increase over the same period last year and an all-time high, according to federal disclosure records filed with the U.S. House of Representatives. The first-quarter spending is about equal to what Google spent for the entire year in 2010.