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Google should end the year 2012 as the first place in a ranking of which there’re not many reasons to be proud. The Giant Mountain View’s the company that paid out more money on lobbying (in 2012), practice of influence governments and public agencies to make decisions on behalf of private interests. The ranking was prepared by the site OpenSecrets.org and includes companies in the technology sector that more “invested” backstage politics.
Google, awarded first place, spent more than double the second company on the list, Microsoft (which’s earmarked $5.6 million for that purpose), Oracle and even Facebook combined. Check out what’re the top #15 companies in the ranking (including Google):
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