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Amazon Sets Own Lobbying Record as It Vies for Pentagon Cloud

  • Retailer outspent Google for the first time in over a decade
  • Sprint spending up 70 percent as it lobbies for T-Mobile deal
Inside An Amazon.com Job Fair Ahead Of Initial Jobless Claims Figures
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Amazon.com Inc. topped its own previous record on lobbying in the first quarter as it came closer to winning a controversial $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract and outspent Alphabet Inc.’s Google for the first time in more than a decade.

The retail giant, which has rapidly expanded its Washington influence operation in recent years but lagged behind Google in total outlays, spent $3.9 million in the first three months of 2019, up from $3.4 million a year earlier, according to disclosures filed with Congress in advance of Monday’s deadline.