That’s how much Twitter Inc. has spent so far trying to influence U.S. lawmakers, according to its first lobbying disclosure report, filed this week.
The San Francisco-based microblogging service filed regulatory paperwork Oct. 3 for an initial public offering and will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter’s third-quarter revenue of $168.6 million is more than double what it reported for the same period a year ago.
As it prepares to go public, Twitter has also made inroads in Washington.
The company registered to lobby in August, and the lobbying report filed Oct. 21 covers activity in July, August and September. The report says the company is active on issues related to privacy, NSA surveillance, patent protection and immigration, among other issues.
The $40,000 lobbying tab for Twitter’s first three months matches what Facebook Inc. spent in its first few months lobbying Washington. The Menlo Park, California, social-media company registered lobbyists in June 2009, about three years ahead of its IPO.
Facebook’s lobbying expenditures have since ballooned: It reported spending about $1.5 million in the third quarter of this year, bringing its lobbying total so far this year to about $5 million.
Facebook has been especially active in pushing an immigration overhaul that includes additional visas for high-tech workers and a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.