Summary Box: Google lobby bill more than triples
THE SPENDING: Google's U.S. lobbying bill more than tripled to $5 million in the first quarter. That's the highest Google Inc. has spent for any quarter since it opened a lobbying office in Washington seven years ago.
THE BACKDROP: Google's lobbying expenses have been rising steadily amid government inquiries triggered by complaints from some of its rivals and privacy watchdog groups.
COMPARISON: The total for the most recent quarter is more than the combined lobbying bills among four of Google's biggest rivals. Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Facebook Inc. spent a combined $3.6 million in the first quarter.