Facebook continues record lobbying spending

Facebook's total lobbying spending for the first nine months of this year tallied in at nearly $2.6 million, almost double the $1.3 million the social network spent in all of 2011.

It also marks the second quarter in a row that Facebook has spent nearly $1 million on lobbying. From April to June, Facebook spent $960,000 lobbying on issues ranging from online privacy legislation and children's privacy, data security, online piracy, high-tech worker visas, cybersecurity, market structure and IPO issues. The social network lobbied on several of the same issues during the third quarter, according to its disclosure forms. 

"Our presence and growth in Washington reflect our commitment to explaining how our service works, the actions we take to protect the more than a billion people who use our service, the importance of preserving an open Internet, and the value of innovation to our economy," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement.