Amazon and Blue Origin together spent nearly $5.4 million on lobbying in the second quarter, according to disclosures they filed on the same day their founder Jeff Bezos flew to space.
The vast majority of that spending, $4.86 million, came from Amazon, which set yet another record with its efforts to influence federal laws and regulations in the three months that ended June 30. That figure has been driving higher each quarter since the beginning of 2020.
Blue Origin meanwhile spent $590,000, matching the record it set at the end of last year.
Amazon, which is known in Washington for the breadth of the topics it lobbies on, worked on issues as diverse as intellectual property and taxes to facial recognition, government procurement and national security, according to the filings, which were due to Congress on Tuesday. It also lobbied Congress, the Pentagon, several White House offices and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Blue Origin focused more on space, NASA and related issues.