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 BegichDem governors on 2020: Opposing Trump not enough Dem Begich concedes Alaska governor race to Republican Dunleavy Democrats gain governorships in red states MORE (D-Alaska) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowRepublican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of Our democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget MORE (D-Ga.).

Microsoft’s PAC contributed $5,000 to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSinkhole opens up a block away from White House Civil rights group marks MLK Day with call for 'Trump card' national ID Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal MORE's (R-Ky.) Reinventing A New Direction (RAND) PAC, and $2,000 to former Republican congressman Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonArizona voters like Kyl but few think he'll stick around Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate Arizona governor faces pressure over McCain replacement 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.