Apple spent a record 94 million lobbying in 2022 mostly
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Apple spent a record $9.4 million lobbying in 2022, mostly to fight antitrust laws

Last year, Apple incurred record lobbying costs as the company fought antitrust threats. Apple’s spending was part “incredible money print”which thwarted a proposed Senate antitrust bill.

    Image source: Freepik

Image source: Freepik

Apple is under pressure from antitrust authorities around the world, including in its home market of the United States. There have been a particularly large number of complaints from legislators in many countries regarding App Store App Store policies.

Back in 2019, the US Congress launched a year-long antitrust investigation into tech giants, including Apple. It was found that the Cupertino-based company was engaged, according to officials, “Serious anti-competitive practices”.

In 2021, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill known as “American Internet Choice and Innovation Act’, which prohibits companies from giving their own products advantages over competitors’ products hosted on the same platform. This would prevent, for example, Apple from allowing a fee-free in-app subscription to Apple Music and having Spotify charge for the same service.

Apple has actively campaigned to oppose the law and has defended its position on all counts. Apple’s statement lists eight antitrust lobbyists, more than any other issue. As a result, the bill failed to reach a vote, which its lead author, Senator Amy Klobuchar, said was due “Incredible liquidity pressure” lobbyists.

According to CNBC, Apple increased its lobbying spend by 44% over the past year. Apple’s total lobbying spend for all of 2022 was nearly $9.4 million, a record for the company, although it’s still just under the $9.8 million that Microsoft, or 10.9 Millions of dollars spent by Google. A topped the list of total Amazon and Meta lobbying spend*spending $19.7 million and $19.2 million, respectively.

Yesterday it was announced that antitrust proceedings against Apple by the UK Competition and Markets Authority are currently on hold over a dispute over the meaning of the word “should” in the documents submitted.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25. 2002 “On Countering Extremist Activities”.

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