During a year of announcements regarding its Amazon Prime Air drone-delivery initiative, Amazon.com reportedly spent $9,435,000 in lobbying in 2015 – a 91% increase from the year before, according to a report from The Hill.
Of the 50 tracked companies, Amazon, whose 2014 lobbying spending totaled $4,940,000, won for biggest percentage jump, says the report.
Amazon first introduced its idea for drone deliveries during a 60 Minutes episode in December 2013. Although it’s unclear how much of this lobbying spending went toward the development of Amazon Prime Air, the year 2015, specifically, brought the company an experimental airworthiness certificate, a commercial authorization and subsequent amendment, and the development of a new unmanned aerial vehicle suited for its delivery plans.
More on the development of Amazon Prime Air can be found here.