WASHINGTON—Hewlett-Packard Co. spent $710,000 on lobbying in the last three months of 2009, nearly half the amount the world's No. 1 personal computer and printer maker spent in the same stretch the year before.
HP's latest lobbying-disclosure form, filed with the House clerk's office, shows that the company focused on areas including patent law, immigration reform for skilled workers, energy efficiency standards and the deployment of high-speed Internet.
The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., counted as one of its advocates Kristy Sternhell, formerly a counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Sternhell lobbied on HP's behalf.
HP lobbied Congress, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce and other government agencies during the three months ended Dec. 31.
In the same period last year, HP spent $1.35 million on lobbying.
In HP's latest fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31, the company earned $2.3 billion on $31.2 billion in revenue.