Google is ramping up its lobbying in Brussels as a European Union antitrust investigation advances, The Guardian reports today.
The company's spending on European lobbying has increased from just €600,000 in 2011 to nearly €4 million ($4.3 million) last year. That's more than Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and Uber combined, but less than the search giant's arch-rival, Microsoft.
The lengthy report also details how Google has arranged 29 meetings with EU officials, more than any other private company. Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page met the then European Commission chief in California in spring 2014, bringing up the antitrust case even though EU officials warned him not to.