February 13, 2002
Microsoft's lobbying efforts eclipse Enron
Author: JT Smith
ZDNet UK has a story on Microsoft's budget for lobbying, which makes Enron's lobbying budget look small. The software giant spent $1.6 million on lobbying in 2000, and "total donations to political donations from Microsoft and its employees to political parties, candidates and PACs in the 2000 election cycle amounted to more than $6.1 million. During this period, Microsoft and its executives accounted for $2.3 million in soft money contributions, compared to $1.55 million by Enron and its executives for the same period."