Before Thursday's announcement of Google's settlement with the FTC, Google and its subsidiary Motorola accumulated $25 million and hired 12 firms to lobby on their behalf during the course of the 19-month-long investigation period, according to Politico. Google also reportedly courted lawmakers and influence groups on both sides of the aisle to help bolster its image.
The money and efforts seem to have paid off, with Google agreeing to fairly minimal settlement terms regarding its mobile patent litigation and escaping further antitrust action by the FTC. Read the full story of Google's behind-the-scenes moves at Politico.
(H/T: The Next Web)