Microsoft goes to Washington

Here's a shocker: Microsoft lobbies Congress. OK, so it's not. But it's interesting to keep tabs on how much the software maker is spending and who it's hired to do its bidding.The Associated Press reported that Microsoft paid $160,000 last year to the firm Patton Boggs to lobby on "antitrust issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions […]

Here's a shocker: Microsoft lobbies Congress. OK, so it's not. But it's interesting to keep tabs on how much the software maker is spending and who it's hired to do its bidding.

The Associated Press reported that Microsoft paid $160,000 last year to the firm Patton Boggs to lobby on "antitrust issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions in the technology sector." The bulk of that--$120,000--was spent in the second half of the year, the AP said, citing a disclosure form posted online by the Senate's records office.

Microsoft doesn't say how much it spends on its overall government affairs efforts, but I suspect that amount is just a drop in the bucket.

“We don't publicly address consultants that we might have on retainer,” said Microsoft spokeswoman Ginny Terzano. “Like most companies with a base here in Washington D.C., we bring in outside consultants now and then on policy issues, including competitive issues.”

Source:→ CNET News

Microsoft, Lobbying, Congress, Antitrust