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Apple Boosts US Lobbying Spending to a Record $4.1 Million

Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 01:59 PM

Apple Inc., which has been increasing its presence in Washington, boosted its spending on lobbying in the U.S. capitol to $4.1 million last year, a new milestone for the company that has traditionally shied away from politics.

The Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker spent $1.19 million during the final three months of 2014, Apple said in a filing with the U.S. Senate that was dated Jan. 20. That adds to the $2.9 million that the company shelled out in the first three quarters of last year, according to Opensecrets.org, a website that tracks spending. Apple spent $3.4 million on lobbying in 2013, which was already twice as much as what the company spent five years ago.

It’s all part of a broader push by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, who took the reins in 2011, to make Apple more open while laying the groundwork for new products that attract more government scrutiny. The company has said it is planning to make its Apple Watch smartwatch, which has applications that track user health data, available in stores this year.

Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apple Inc., which has been increasing its presence in Washington, boosted its spending on lobbying in the U.S. capitol to $4.1 million last year, a new milestone for the company that has traditionally shied away from politics.
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