……and keep the government watchdogs off your ass. In 2012, Apple spent $1,970,000 on lobbying, according to Open Secrets. This year, Reuters reports, it’s on track to spend double that. So, close to $4 million. That’s not a massive lobbying expenditure; certainly it pales in comparison to those of rivals like Google and Microsoft, which doled out $18 million and $8 million, respectively Credit: All Things Digital

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  1. Pardon my ignorance, but what are these companys trying to pay the government not to do?

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