By Ian Karbal of Open Secrets from the Center for Responsive Politics –
Plagued by criticisms of its moderating practices, a congressional antitrust probe and a recent executive order from President Donald Trump explicitly naming the company as a potential threat to free speech, Facebook spent $4.8 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2020, following a record-breaking first quarter that saw the company spend over $5 million.
Facebook is on pace to spend more on lobbying in 2020 than it ever has in a single year. This follows two consecutive record-setting years for the company that saw it spend $12.6 million and $16.7 million on lobbying, respectively. The social media giant currently deploys 65 lobbyists.