Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped launch a new lobby organization earlier this month that's focused on rallying support in the tech community for immigration reform. LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer are also involved in the new organization.
Facebook also lobbied hard to secure a carve-out provision in the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, The Washington Post reported last week.
In April to June, the social network's lobbying figures are expected to return to same level as in previous quarters. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the increase in expenditure during the first-quarter of this year mainly reflects a one-time compensation related to restricted stock units for several employees.
Google, another powerhouse in the tech world, scaled back its lobbying spending in the first quarter.
The search giant spent more than $3.3 million lobbying during the first quarter of 2013, compared with roughly $5 million a year ago, according to its lobbying disclosure forms.
Google lobbied on a range of issues, including high-skilled immigration, privacy and competition issues in online advertising, cybersecurity, freedom of expression and intellectual property in trade agreements.
— This post was updated at 7:00 p.m.