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Google's 2012 PAC spending nears half a million

Other tech company PACs have also been active in 2012.

Microsoft’s PAC doled out $24,000 in July, bringing its total campaign contributions for the year to $565,500. The Redmond, Wash.-based company contributed $19,500 to Democrats including Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Alaska group backing independent candidate appears linked to Democrats Sullivan wins Alaska Senate GOP primary MORE (D-Alaska) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Republican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of MORE (D-Ga.).

Microsoft’s PAC contributed $5,000 to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: 'Typical crazy conspiracy theory' MORE's (R-Ky.) Reinventing A New Direction (RAND) PAC, and $2,000 to former Republican congressman Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonCOVID-19's class divide creates new political risks Arizona voters like Kyl but few think he'll stick around Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate MORE's bid for a seat in Arizona's 5th district.

Yahoo’s campaign committee spent $8,500 in July, raising its total contributions for the year to $36,500. Silicon Valley neighbor Oracle contributed $5,500 last month to candidates and has given $174,250 this year.

Telecom giants were also big spenders on campaigns last month. AT&T's PAC spent $100,850 in July, bringing its total campaign contributions to nearly $1,175,000 so far in 2012. Comcast's PAC spent $53,500 on campaign contributions in July and has given just under $1 million to campaigns so far this year, $934,000 in total.