"Nearly $2.6 billion has been spent on lobbyists so far, the most through three quarters since 2010 and $100 million more than at this point in 2017," the release said. "Third-quarter spending is up by approximately $30 million over last year."
ZTE more than quadrupled its lobbying spending over last year, spending $770,000 in the third quarter, after shelling out nearly $1.4 million in the second quarter, the release added.
The three tech giants Google parent Alphabet (nearly $16.8 million through three quarters), Amazon ($10.6 million) and Facebook ($9.8 million) all spent more year-over-year, while Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) had its biggest quarter ever by spending $1.65 million, the release noted.
The most-lobbied legislation in the third quarter related to Department of Defense appropriations for the 2019 fiscal year, with 569 clients jumping into the debate, according to the release.