Google, the political engine

What did Google do when the FTC announced it would investigate the company’s search business in 2012?

Google hired a dozen lobbyists and arranged a fusillade of favorable public events and high-level meetings with FTC and White House officials.

The FTC eventually dropped the investigation and Google adjusted its policies on its own.

Today, only Comcast spends more on lobbying than Google, which spent $16.8 billion in 2014 trying to influence lawmakers.

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