Microsoft Corp. spent $1.85 million in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on software piracy, technology in health care and other issues, according to a disclosure report.
That's slightly less than the $1.89 million the software maker spent in the second quarter of last year.
The breadth of Microsoft's business is reflected in the diverse issues tackled by the company's lobbyists during the quarter. Microsoft also lobbied the federal government on legislation involving China's Internet policy, patent reform and visas for foreign workers, among other topics, according to the report filed July 16.
As the world's largest software company, Microsoft is continually going up against software pirates and companies it says infringe on its patented technology. The company lobbied the government on piracy in China in particular.
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