Apple is on track to make 2022 the year it spent the most money trying to influence politics and governments.
Apple had never spent so much on lobbying before 2022. The company is well on its way to making 2022 the year it spent the most money trying to influence politics and governments.
No wonder: for a couple of years the bitten apple has been under constant attack. On the one hand, the anvil of the many international antitrust investigations, on the other the legislative proposals – such as the approved EU DMA – that risk undermining its business model.
During the first half of 2022, Apple spent about $ 4.6 million on lobbying . That is one and a half million more than what it spent during the same period of 2021. By breaking down the data in the two quarters, we obtain that during the first three months of 2022 Apple has increased its lobby expenses by 85% on an annual basis, while in the following three months the expenses decreased by not exceeding 2 million.