By Tony Romm - 03/18/10 06:05 PM EDT
Computer and Internet companies spent well over $120 million last year on federal lobbying efforts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
That means the industry has devoted more than $1 billion to federal lobbying over the past decade -- the fourth-highest amount spent by any industry in the center's yearly study.
But the Center notes a handful of new companies that spent notable amounts last year. Among them is Facebook, which committed about $207,000 to "tell the great Silicon Valley story about Facebook and its innovations, so they understand where the company came from and where it's going and how it's changing communication," according to the Center.
Facebook is likely to expand its operations in the coming year, too, now that it has hired new staffers to focus on public policy issues.