NEW YORK (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. spent $120,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on issues affecting semiconductor companies and the broader tech industry, according to a disclosure report.
AMD had spent $110,000 in the second quarter and $160,000 in the third quarter of 2010.
The chip-maker, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., lobbied Congress, the White House, the Defense Department, the Energy Department, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, according to a filing on Oct. 20 with the House clerk's office.
AMD said it lobbied on funding for basic research at the National Science Foundation. Tech companies can take advantage of such research to develop products. It also lobbied on immigration policy, something tech companies would like to see relaxed so it could more easily hire foreigners with special skills. AMD lobbied on cybersecurity, free trade, anti-counterfeiting protections and other issues.
AMD is the world's second-biggest maker of computer microprocessors, after Intel Corp.