FORTUNE -- The congressional lobbying disclosure reports for the second quarter of 2012 are out, and once again Google (GOOG) has outspent Apple (AAPL) nearly 10 to one. (See For every $1 Google spends lobbying, Apple spends 10¢.)
This was my first exposure to the forms public companies are required to file under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, and I found them fascinating. For example, you can see, line by line, which bills Apple is concerned about.
The list is long, and it ranges from the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011 to "issues related to the transportation of batteries." Given the latest kerfuffle about Apple's temporary withdrawal from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool program a couple weeks ago, I was interested to see "EPEAT" on the list.
For an unsettling backgrounder on the dynamics of lobbying, I highly recommend Take the Money and Run for Office, an eye-opening expose that Chicago Public Radio's This American Life aired in March.
How the world's richest nation and the most valuable tech company stack up
Unless the debt ceiling is raised by Tuesday Aug. 2, the White House keeps reminding us, the U.S. government will no longer be able to pay its bills.
But the U.S. Treasury is already running low. Its closing balance as of Wednesday, July 27, was $73.768 billion.
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Perhaps it is time to update the phrase "The pen is mightier than the sword" to "The Internet is mightier than dictators."
By Othman Laraki, contributor
While the above statement is made tongue-in-cheek, it is undeniable that we are living through a time of accelerated change. Suddenly, we are witnessing decades-long regimes being challenged by oppressed populations. It is not entirely clear what has changed, but the advent of the Social Internet seems MOREMar 17, 2011 11:05 AM ET
The hacking incident that convinced Google to remove censorship from its search results was a Chinese Government-sponsored effort according to a Chinese contact in the American Embassy in China.
The report briefly cites "government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government." as the source of the Google (GOOG) intrusion which was aimed at enemies of the Chinese state, including Falun Gong members abroad. As the New MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 28, 2010 5:20 PM ET
Apple scored its biggest gains in government, big business and the European home market
Given the Mac's tiny share of the worldwide PC market -- roughly 3.5% as of June -- Apple (AAPL) has a lot of room to grow. And grow it did in the second quarter, as a note to clients issued Monday by Needham's Charlie Wolf makes clear.
Using IDC's numbers for calendar Q2, Wolf takes a close look MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 23, 2010 7:38 AM ET
Google tries to keep its employee/Twitter karma in line as it looks to hire a famous State Department Twitterer-in-Chief and at the same time loses a top Android evangelist to Twitter.
AllThingsD's Kara Swisher reports that Jared Cohen, the Twitter face of the US State Department is finalizing a deal which would bring him to Google (GOOG). As she points out, the revolving door between Washington and Google seems to spin pretty fast with a MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 23, 2010 11:44 PM ET
In a letter to the FTC, Google challenged the findings of a study on journalism.
On its public policy blog last night, Google laid out arguments against the Staff Discussion Draft of Potential Policy Recommendations To Support The Reinvention Of Journalism which studied how journalism, particularly in the newspaper profession, had been affected by the move to electronic readership over the past decade, and into the future.
The basis of the government's argument:Studies have MORE Seth Weintraub - Jul 21, 2010 11:06 AM ET
New tool shows which governments pull content and how much from Google's sites.
Google today announced that it was unveiling a tool to increase its transparency when dealing with governments and their takedown requests.
Strangely, China is absent from the results. Maybe China asked for that to be pulled down too.Seth Weintraub - Apr 21, 2010 5:35 PM ET
The state of the state? "A train wreck," says one official.
If the world's eighth-largest economy were a member of the proper religious order, it'd be time to call in a priest to administer last rites.
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