Big Tech Donates Large Sums of Cash to Members of House Judiciary
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administration Law, held a hearing which featured Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. However, some feared that the thousand dollar donations that these tech companies had given to members of the judiciary might affect the outcome.
Those that would testify include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Politicians feared that the companies might have an influence on providing anti-trust solutions after flooding the committee members with thousands of dollars in donations.
For example, Google had donated a total of $96,939 to the House Judiciary Democrats. This includes $8,705 to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nalder, $6,570 to Rep. Joe Neguse, $2,500 to Rep. Hank Johnson, $2,000 to Rep. Jamie Raskin, $1,941 to Rep. Pramila Jaypal, $2,025 to Val Demings, $2,101 to Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, $5,531 to Lucy McBath.
On the other hand, social media giant Facebook also donated a total of $100,620 to House Judiciary Democrats for the 2020 cycle. $85,890 came from individual donations in Google, while $24,500 of the donations came from PAC. Overall, Facebook gave the following donations to the Democrats, $16,705 to Nadler, $1,210 to Raskin, $1,613 to Jayapal, $3,800 to Demings, $1,000 to Scanlon, and $12,783 to McBath.
Moreover, the online shipping giant, Amazon also gave $88,410 donations to the Democrats. Amazon gave a thousand dollars worth of donations to the following member of the judiciary committee, $9,900 to David Cicilline, $1,000 to Neguse, $1,000 to Johnson, $4,510 to Raskin, $15,398 to Jayapal, $6,000 to Demings, $1,015 to McBath.
Finally, the tech company, Apple, made the least donations among the committee members with a small $12,167 for the House Judiciary Democrats. Those that have received the donations include $2,800 to Raskin, $198 to Jayapal, and $2,033 to McBath.
In an op-ed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr, he believed that such donations might have a huge impact on the outcome of the anti-trust hearing. He said, “A handful of corporations with state-like influence now shape everything from the information we consume to the places where we shop.” He continued, ‘These corporate behemoths are not merely exercising market power; they are abusing dominant positions.”
Currently, the lawmakers were able to collect a stunning 1.3 million documents as well as hold several interviews to come up with a report as some believed that tech giants had overstepped federal competition laws, according to a report from the Washington Post.
Recently, tech giants Google had made a deliberate decision to medal with election outcomes after it suppressed conservative media sites such as Breitbart News and Daily Caller. In fact, Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll believed that the search engine company manually blacklisted the site and labeling it as “violent extremism.”