TikTok spends record amount on lobbying blitz targeting House, Senate, and White House

TikTok spends record amount on lobbying blitz targeting House, Senate, and White House


TikTok and its Chinese parent company spent a record $2.37 million on lobbying this spring, the most the Chinese social media app ever reported spending in a single quarter.

ByteDance, the Beijing-based company that owns TikTok and has links to the government in China, spent $2.26 million on lobbying from April to June, and TikTok itself reported spending another $110,000 that quarter through hiring the Crossroad Strategies advocacy firm, which it has used since late 2020. The huge increase in spending comes as Republicans push the Biden administration to crack down on TikTok over national security concerns

The only other time frame that came close to the 2022 second-quarter figures was the $2.07 million ByteDance and TikTok

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