Apple has spent $720k on lobbying this year

Though it's small change by Washington standards, apparently Apple has dropped $720,000 so far this year greasing palms in DC, er,... I mean participating with civic-minded zeal in our representative democracy. Actually, their pet projects have included lobbying for much needed patent law reform as well as money for tech education and tax breaks on R&D spending. It's hard to get the most current numbers, but tech companying lobbying has been growing steadily for years (including from Apple). Microsoft, as you might expect, is way out in front.
This article was originally published on Tuaw.