Last modified on Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:23
One area where Microsoft is better than Google is in the amount of politicians it has bought in Washington.
Recent federal lobbying disclosure forms show that Microsoft spends more than $2 million each quarter on lobbying politicians. This is more than Google spends in nine months of the year. The search outfit has spent more on lobbying this year than it did for all of 2007, but it is still well behind Microsoft.
Microsoft has had a presence in Washington for years, but increased the money it spent when it was the target of a major Justice Department antitrust suit in the late 1990s.
Redmond spent $6.9 million on federal lobbying during the first three quarters of this year, compared with $9 million in all of 2007.