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Surgey writes: "Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its 'don't be evil' motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers."

Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is a recipient of Google's funding. (photo: Walter Bieri)
Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is a recipient of Google's funding. (photo: Walter Bieri)


Don't Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups

By Nick Surgey, PR Watch

08 December 13

 

oogle, the tech giant supposedly guided by its "don't be evil" motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.

Organizations that received "substantial" funding from Google for the first time over the past year include Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union (best known for its CPAC conference) and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation that led the charge to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act: Heritage Action.

In 2013, Google also funded the corporate lobby group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, although that group is not listed as receiving "substantial" funding in the list published by Google.

US corporations are not required to publicly disclose their funding of political advocacy groups, and very few do so, but since at least 2010 Google has chosen to voluntarily release some limited details about grants it makes to US nonprofits. The published list from Google is not comprehensive, including only those groups that "receive the most substantial contributions from Google's US Federal Public Policy and Government Affairs team."

What Google considers "substantial" is not explained - no dollar amounts are given - but the language suggests significant investments from Google and, with a stock value of $330 billion, Google has considerably deep pockets.

Google has a distinctively progressive image, but in March 2012 it hired former Republican member of the House of Representatives, Susan Molinari as its Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations. According to the New York Times, Molinari is being "paid handsomely to broaden the tech giant's support beyond Silicon Valley Democrats and to lavish money and attention on selected Republicans."

New "Substantial" Right-Wing Google Grants in Past Year

CMD examined the information released by Google for the years 2010 to 2013. The voluntary disclosures indicate that the following groups are either new grantees of Google since September 2012, or have been listed as having received a "substantial" Google grant for the first time:

  • American Conservative Union
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • CATO Institute
  • Federalist Society
  • George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center
  • Heritage Action
  • Mercatus Center
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • R Street Institute
  • Texas Public Policy Foundation

Detailed information on each of these groups can be found at CMD's Sourcewatch website.

Google Funding for Anti-Government Groups

Heritage Action, the tea-party styled political advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, is perhaps the most surprising recipient of Google's largesse.

More than any other group working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Heritage Action pushed for a sustained government shutdown in the fall of 2013, taking the country to the brink of a potentially catastrophic debt default.

Laying the ground for that strategy, Heritage Action held a nine-city "Defund Obamacare Town Hall Tour" in August 2013, providing a platform for Texas Senator Ted Cruz to address crowds of cheering tea party supporters.

For Cruz, increasingly spoken of as a 2016 presidential candidate, the government shutdown helped raise his profile and build his supporter - and donor - base.

Notably, Heritage Action received $500,000 from the Koch-funded and Koch-operative staffed Freedom Partners in 2012. It is not yet known how much Heritage Action received in 2013 from sources other than Google.

Perhaps surprisingly, Google has a history of supporting Cruz. Via its Political Action Committee - Google Inc. Net PAC - the PAC provided the "Ted Cruz for Senate" campaign with a $10,000 contribution in 2012. Additionally, despite being five years out from the freshman senator's next election, Google's PAC has already made a $2,500 contribution to the Cruz reelection campaign for 2018, the largest amount that the PAC has given so far to any Senate candidate running that election year, according to disclosures made by Google.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the anti-government group run by Republican operative Grover Norquist, was another new recipient of funding from Google in 2013. ATR is best known for its "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," and for its fundamentalist attacks on any Republican who might dare to vote for any increase in taxes. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, ATR received 85 percent of its funding in 2012 ($26.4 million) from the ultra-partisan Karl Rove-run Crossroads GPS, another dark money group.

ATR President Grover Norquist infamously said that he wants to shrink government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Google's position on the relative size of government versus bathtubs is not known, but according to a Bloomberg analysis of Google's US corporate filings, it avoids approximately $2 billion dollars globally in tax payments each year through the use of creative tax shelters.

Bloomberg reported in May 2013 that in France alone Google is in the midst of a dispute over more than $1 billion in unpaid taxes that have been alleged. An August 2013 report by US PIRG - "Offshore Shell Games" - found that Google is now holding more than $33 billion dollars offshore, avoiding taxes on these earnings in the United States.

National Taxpayers Union, headed by former eleven-year American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Executive Director Duane Parde, has a similar anti-tax, anti-government agenda, and it also received funding from Google in 2013.

Google Sponsor Event Honoring Justice Thomas

Google also recently sponsored a gala fundraiser in Washington DC for the Federalist Society, a network of right-wing judges and lawyers that includes Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas was the guest of honor at that event, for which Google was listed as a top-tier "gold" sponsor. Google names the Federalist Society on its list of groups receiving its most substantial grants in 2013.

The company is also funding state special interest group operations. The Center for Media and Democracy, which publishes PRWatch, recently posted a major national report on the State Policy Network (SPN), a network of right-wing think tanks, with at least one organization in every state in the country. SPN groups typically promote a pro-corporate agenda, often at the expense of the interests of ordinary working people.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), which is part of SPN, also received money from Google in 2013. As Progress Now's state affiliate and CMD have documented, the legislative agenda promoted by TPPF includes opposing renewable energy, blocking access to affordable healthcare and opposing state minimum wage laws.

Google, which did not respond to a request for comment, may argue that it simply funds groups on both sides of the political spectrum, providing other grants to organizations that advocate on behalf of values more closely associated with the corporation's progressive image. Since Google does not release details of all its grantees and the dollar amounts, it is hard to judge this, although they do disclose providing funding to some progressive groups including the American Constitution Society, People for the American Way and the NAACP.

Although Google has funded both "conservative" and "progressive" groups, it does not disclose the relative proportions given to each, beyond the superficial symmetry, and the degree to which the groups tilt to the right or left in their agendas.

However, as noted by CMD's Executive Director, Lisa Graves, "there really aren't two proportionate sides to the facts about the climate changes that are underway, as to whether working people should be paid a living wage and whether corporations should have to pay taxes just like working people do. By funding extreme groups on the right under the guise of a false equivalency, Google is enabling groups that seek to undermine government."

Google Membership in ALEC, Funding of CEI

Since CMD launched ALECexposed.org in 2011, revealing the complete agenda of that corporate front group that was secretly voted on by corporate lobbyists and state legislators behind closed doors, corporations have been running to escape association with the group. At least 50 corporations are known to have dropped funding since 2011, including Walmart, Coca Cola and Pepsi. Google - along with Facebook and Yelp - is bucking that trend having quietly joined in 2013. Google does not list ALEC as being a recipient of one of its largest grants, instead it separately names ALEC as an organization to which it has become a member.

There are many good reasons for brand-conscious corporations to stay away from ALEC. For example, its legacy of Stand Your Ground gun laws and bills to make it harder for Americans to vote, its work to repeal renewable energy laws and the ability of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases and its efforts to privatize almost everything, are just a few of its extreme measures.

ALEC is a corporate-funded lobby group, and the businesses that fund ALEC do so hoping to move a legislative agenda. An ALEC publication sent to corporate members in 1995, celebrated its legislative agenda to members as a "good investment," stating clearly "nowhere else can you get a return that high." As CMD's Lisa Graves has said, "It's a pay-to-play operation."

Google joined ALEC just this year, and stepped up funding to groups such as ATR, Federalist Society and Heritage Action in 2013, but under the radar it has been funding a handful of other right-wing groups for several years. In 2013 Google provided a reported $50,000 sponsorship check to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), another group trying to thwart efforts to address climate change, but it has previously funded "Google Policy Fellows" at CEI for several years, and has listed the organization as one that it has supported financially on its "transparency" pages for at least three years.

Google states that its fellows "work closely with CEI scholars to research and promote innovative, pro-consumer solutions to the public policy challenges of the information age." Whatever projects Google fellows end up working on at CEI, the Google brand is now tied to an organization that has a reputation strongly connected to the denial of climate change.

"Political spending for corporations is purely transactional. It is all about getting policies that maximize profitability," Bob McChesney told CMD. "So even ostensibly hip companies like Google invariably spend lavishly to support groups and politicians that pursue decidedly anti-democratic policy outcomes. It is why sane democracies strictly regulate or even prohibit such spending, regarding it accurately as a cancer for democratic governance." Professor McChesney co-founded the media reform group Free Press in 2002, and this year authored Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

The policies advocated by some of the Google's grantees are in stark contrast with the progressive image that Google has worked to promote. It has publicly committed to invest more than $1 billion dollars in renewable energy projects, reduce the use of cars by its employees, power its offices with renewables and otherwise green its buildings. The contrast between these promises, and Google's funding of groups that deny or challenge the reality of climate change - groups motivated by funding received from fossil fuel companies - has led several organizations to launch campaigns calling for Google to stop funding climate change deniers. Forecast the Facts has a "Hey Google! Don't Fund ALEC's Evil!" petition, and Sum of Us has a petition calling on Google to "never fund climate change deniers again."

ALEC is holding its next conference in Washington, DC, from December 4th through the 6th. A Google lobbyist will likely be there, celebrating ALEC's 40th anniversary alongside legislators and other lobbyists. CMD will report on the events of the conference through the week at PRWatch.org. To sign CMD's petition to Google CEO Larry Page, calling for him to publicly quit ALEC, click here.


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+53 # Granny3M 2013-12-08 09:53
Yup, all of you on gmail are under surveillance by Google and are subject to interference in your private affairs--probab ly every e-mail you've ever written has been read by someone along with the intended recipient. Good going, Google. Makes me so happy to know we live in a country that spies regularly on its citizens, but then we've known that for sometime, haven't we. You couldn't fund just one left-leaning organization as a sop to those who don't believe in the likes of Cruz, Cantor, Boehner OR the Koch brothers. God bless us all--we're doomed.
 
 
0 # Kiwikid 2013-12-08 14:17
"probably every e-mail you've ever written has been read by someone along with the intended recipient". Sounds like paranoia in the extreme - every email? I've ever written? You mean some one could be paid enough to read this stuff? I'd rather slash my wrists.
 
 
-2 # bmiluski 2013-12-09 12:22
Oh for the love of .......... mankind has been spying on each other since there has been more than one tribe. And even when there was only one tribe.
 
 
+56 # Barbara K 2013-12-08 09:57
They want us to sell our votes to them. We don't have to do that. Let's make them waste their money. DON'T VOTE for any Tbagger/Repub from local to the top. Don't watch their brainwashing ads, good time to get a drink of water after pushing the Mute button. Here is an informative gem I found today, let's follow it. We need to do all we can to rid ourselves of these Kochroaches before we have nothing left to save. They are out to kill America herself and all of us with her. We are bigger, and stronger, and in greater numbers and can fight them off. GET OUT AND VOTE AT EVERY ELECTION, FROM LOCAL TO HIGHEST. Check out this gem: "How to defeat the Right in 3 Minutes"

http://sideshow.me.uk/annex/defeattherightin3minutes.htm

,
 
 
-16 # seeuingoa 2013-12-08 14:07
OK Barbara K. Sounds a little hollow
from your site when knowing that your
hero Obama is behind fracking, indefinite
detention, drones, NSA etc. etc.

Wake up please.
 
 
+29 # bingers 2013-12-08 14:56
Quoting seeuingoa:
OK Barbara K. Sounds a little hollow
from your site when knowing that your
hero Obama is behind fracking, indefinite
detention, drones, NSA etc. etc.

Wake up please.


Some Democrats are not as good as we would wish, but there is NO Republican worth the snot in their handkerchiefs, so get off your high horse dude or dudette as the case may be.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 17:07
Quoting bingers:
Quoting seeuingoa:
OK Barbara K. Sounds a little hollow
from your site when knowing that your
hero Obama is behind fracking, indefinite
detention, drones, NSA etc. etc.

Wake up please.


Some Democrats are not as good as we would wish, but there is NO Republican worth the snot in their handkerchiefs, so get off your high horse dude or dudette as the case may be.


Heh-heh; well said!
Couldn't ha' come up with a better analogy as the snot myself.
 
 
+15 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-12-08 15:01
When you come up with a VIABLE — I SAID VIABLE — perfect candidate for 2016, then we'll all listen to you with rapt attention, but until then, Johnny One-Note, give it a rest with the tedious Sanctimony Speeches. The seriousness of Google's slide to the dark side is IN NO WAY MITIGATED by the shortcomings of Obama, so your shopworn Obama's-bad-too sermon to Barbara K's statement is an off-topic distraction that does nothing to address the Google issue.
 
 
0 # newsmom 2013-12-09 18:27
i do love "kochroaches." nicely done.
 
 
+2 # LAellie33 2013-12-10 00:16
Barbara, I love the way you think. Action needs to be taken by all decent Americans. Organize and let's cut their legs off at the polls. If they try to prevent us from voting, let's tear down the barriers and VOTE!
 
 
+28 # kitster 2013-12-08 10:20
google wants to cover its bases so it can get the maximum in government largess for its buck. IT'S A CORPORATION, PEOPLE. google ga-gas the right so they can get most favored greedster status from the right...if they are in a position to pile on more profits. i'm sure they line-up to lavish on corporatist democratic entities/indivi duals, too. they want every man- and woman-freeloadi ng felon/lege FOR google when it comes to passing our government perks.

"a-mer-i-ka, a-mer-i-ka/ god shed his grace on google/ and crown their greed/ with lightening speed/ leaving us to only ogle."
 
 
+32 # Vardoz 2013-12-08 11:06
Yes well these corporations are running our nation into the ground, threatening our health, safety and welfare, robbing our pensions, writing our tax laws that favor them and too many are destroying our economy to enrich themselves, insisting on low wages that force millions on food stamps which our sadistic and barbaric congress are cutting! So don't minimize corporate behavior that is completely unregulated and unfettered here is the USA. This is why good government is so important. Corporate activities are a hazard to our chance for prosperity and well being. 1 in 4 of the richest corporations pay zero taxes and get lavish subsidies as tens of millions of Americans are going hungry! And too many so called reps thinks it's OK to take Bribes for Lives!
 
 
+7 # bingers 2013-12-08 14:58
Quoting kitster:
google wants to cover its bases so it can get the maximum in government largess for its buck. IT'S A CORPORATION, PEOPLE. google ga-gas the right so they can get most favored greedster status from the right...if they are in a position to pile on more profits. i'm sure they line-up to lavish on corporatist democratic entities/individuals, too. they want every man- and woman-freeloading felon/lege FOR google when it comes to passing our government perks.

"a-mer-i-ka, a-mer-i-ka/ god shed his grace on google/ and crown their greed/ with lightening speed/ leaving us to only ogle."


"America where are you now, don't you care about your sons and daughters? Don't you know we need you now, we can't fight lone against the Monster."
 
 
+3 # MindDoc 2013-12-08 16:13
True, 'it's a corporation', and also true it is using its inside 'clout' to fund all sorts of projects and even to protect privacy rights to some extent. More or less evil than, say Monsanto or Walmart? Perspective.

BTW, Bingers: Good one, The Monster! Way ahead of its time. For nostalgia or anyone who's not heard this 'classic rock' anthem by Steppenwolf: http://bit.ly/SWmonster
 
 
+32 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 10:21
I think a mass-mailing to Google is one way to get their attention.
I'd like to hear it from them if they fund ANY progressive cause or group.
But they have such a damn Monopoly which in the end is the goal of all corporate behemoths. Dammit, we just got a smart phone so we could take credit cards via one of these processing attachments, as we've lost some sales by not taking plastic recently and guess what -first thing you have to do is set up a bloody "google" account!
I also saw a pro-Ted Cruz ad. on a page of theirs just this weekend (my response to THAT was, shall we say "Pungent").
I'm goin' to try havin' a go at them, see if I get a response other than some platitude in Corpo-speak lingo.
Stay tooned and perhaps some of you could try the same thing.
 
 
+15 # listentome 2013-12-08 13:34
RP: Give a sample letter to us and perhaps we can alight a viral response. Needs a huge
outcry and very doable. Google must respond to a large number as it depends on all of us, such as myself who use it.

Thanks RP.
 
 
+10 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 13:40
Quoting listentome:
RP: Give a sample letter to us and perhaps we can alight a viral response. Needs a huge
outcry and very doable. Google must respond to a large number as it depends on all of us, such as myself who use it.

Thanks RP.


OK, I'll have go at this tomorrow.
Not quite sure how to get a sample letter out except to post it on RSN so I'll try that.
Stay tooned.
 
 
+5 # rangerrandy 2013-12-08 17:18
yeah, good idea Reiver....maybe some kind of petition with a lot of signatures would concern them.
 
 
-47 # Penn 2013-12-08 10:47
Thank you for a current list for me to send my donations to. I wasn't sure where I was going to send my money this year.
 
 
+28 # phrixus 2013-12-08 11:27
Troll.
 
 
+10 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 12:49
Quoting phrixus:
Troll.


Just ignore it -I'm not sure that it even exists in our space-time continuum anyhow. I'll ask Dr Who next time I see him if there's a Dalek of that name in his 900-odd years of experience.
It's not worth your goodness nor blood pressure.
 
 
+12 # Anarchist 23 2013-12-08 14:02
Another Whovian! Hello!

I, for one, am tempted to ask Penn which parallel planet he lives on and whether there are zeppelins :-)
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 14:15
Quoting Anarchist 23:
Another Whovian! Hello!

I, for one, am tempted to ask Penn which parallel planet he lives on and whether there are zeppelins :-)


As a fellow Whovian, I prefer Daleks: nasty, mean-spirited and repulsive when their armored shells are removed "EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!!!" -Same war-cry as the current crop of Reprobationaries.
Come to think of it, Ted Cruz is probably one. We should call out the Tea-Buggers for what they are and rename them the "Dalek Exterminate" party. Now I know where they come from, I'd better get my zapper-screwdri ver out and have them reproduced on a large scale. Anybody seen a Tardis around lately? -I've mislaid mine.
 
 
+19 # Inspired Citizen 2013-12-08 11:00
Boycott Google. Bing instead. Shrinking the corporate bottom line will get their attention. They can't be allowed to get away with this, and in this case, we all do Internet searches.

Don't like Bing? There are many search engines available.

ACBG: Any Corporation But Google
 
 
+14 # phrixus 2013-12-08 11:29
I recommend DuckDuckGo via Firefox.
 
 
+3 # Saberoff 2013-12-08 14:32
I've been trying to make duck duck go my default search engine all morning. No idea how to do that.

Are all computers the result of some kind of capitalist conspiracy? I can't seem to make them work, or even behave. They work themselves: loading up crap all night; taking more pictures of you than you are taking of anything else; defining terms? Instructions? (even with the $45.00 book)? A joke!

Windows 7, if you've got a walk-me-through . Or, of course, I'll just go to the Tech Gods with my hundred and a half.
 
 
+5 # Activista 2013-12-08 13:44
"Boycott Google. Bing instead. Shrinking the corporate bottom line will get their attention."
Bing by Microsoft? Google has much better record to NOT to censor than Microsoft ..
Doubt that anything like criticism above will be written on Microsoft ... protected by corporate lawyers ... MS known for "cooperation" with government ...
 
 
+2 # bingers 2013-12-08 15:00
Quoting Inspired Citizen:
Boycott Google. Bing instead. Shrinking the corporate bottom line will get their attention. They can't be allowed to get away with this, and in this case, we all do Internet searches.

Don't like Bing? There are many search engines available.

ACBG: Any Corporation But Google


I like DuckDuckGo, great people there.
 
 
+1 # Inspired Citizen 2013-12-09 16:42
I've read that now from several sources. I'll definitely check it out.
 
 
+7 # marsinaries 2013-12-08 11:37
"Don't be evil" is more Orwellian double speak… definitely switching to Bing!!

I was just reading this humorous piece which casts Google in a curious role within Dickens' Christmas Carol...
http://www.ancient-future.com/scrooogle.html
 
 
+4 # ancientfuture 2013-12-08 16:14
Ironically, Google does work for finding posts about one's writing, so thanks for the kind words!

"I endeavoured in this Spooky little spoof to raise the Spirit of a solution to Silicon Skulduggery. The Culprits' names have been changed to protect the Guilty in hopes they may change their ways."

When a corporation makes money off of the free labor of content creators, they do have an incentive to align with right wing forces. This story is about the role of the tech companies in exploiting the creative class. So we have Scrooogle, Plundora, Swipify...
 
 
+21 # Michaeljohn 2013-12-08 11:56
Don't forget that the definition of 'evil' depends upon which side you're on. The right considers a democratic order where everyone everyone participates and all citizens are truly equal under the law to be 'evil socialism'.
Unfortunately, Google is a major part of the shadow Internet surveillance state and will assist whatever agency holds the power in order to further its own perceived welfare.
In the long run, they're probably making a fatal mistake.
 
 
+4 # Small Family Farmer 2013-12-09 09:33
How about this definition for evil: "Any act that causes additional suffering in the world."

I wish I had come up with it but credit must go to Matthew Fox. Using that definition it doesn't matter "which side you're on,"
 
 
+11 # Shipton 2013-12-08 12:23
ummm . . . Just wondering if anyone actually checked the Google list of their contributions. Seems like they do what every other major corporation does. They contributed money to BOTH parties. $30,000 to the Teapubs and $30,000 to the Dems. They even gave money to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, Jon Testor, Max Baucus etc. So when you talk abt boycotting, then you need to consider boycotting M$, Apple, Dell, HP, etc. Because they have even MORE in offshore accts than does Google.

For those who want links check the 4th paragraph in the article. For those to lazy to actually do that click here: http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en/us/publicpolicy/doc/NETPAC-Contributions-to-US-Federal-Candidates.pdf

As for me, life long (well over 60 yrs) social progressive, son of a lifelong union man (IBEW)and unless you count the 2000 mayoral election in my small town when I voted for someone who turned out to be a DINO, I've never EVER voted teapublican.
 
 
+5 # calltoaccount 2013-12-08 14:32
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Jon Testor, Max Baucus -- are all centerist 1% dems, same as reps, both beholden to INC. Baucus and his wife whore for Health Ins. Industry which is why we got Obamacare instead of single payer. They are all part of the problem, not the solution.
 
 
+5 # toddboyle 2013-12-08 12:30
I notice, when rightwing corps like Koch fund a group, my mind assumes their money buys control over the group (ALEC, etc) but when liberal corps fund something, my mind assumes they are getting nothing in return.
 
 
+4 # David Starr 2013-12-08 12:40
WTF? Google funding righties? What in hell possessed them to make this decision? Unbelievable.
 
 
+1 # listentome 2013-12-08 13:29
I will now look into BING.
Thanks for this. They should not have become impartial. Google runs a confidential communications business and this is a gigantic conflict of interest boo boo.
 
 
+6 # Activista 2013-12-08 14:02
Quoting listentome:
I will now look into BING.
Thanks for this. They should not have become impartial. Google runs a confidential communications business and this is a gigantic conflict of interest boo boo.

And Bing ... Microsoft Corporation is "impartial" - please?
"How Microsoft Avoids $2.4 Billion In U.S. Taxes By Exploiting ...
www.businessinsider.com/apple-microsoft-avoids-taxes-loopholes-irs-20...‎
May 21, 2013 - That report used Microsoft as a case study for the leaps and bounds that U.S. corporations go through to minimize their tax exposure, and ...
 
 
+2 # Activista 2013-12-08 13:59
"Google has been a leading proponent of encouraging the federal government to, as the company says, “put a price on carbon through cap-and-trade or a carbon tax.” Through its “Google green” initiative, as well as its “Clean Energy 2030” proposal, Google has urged the U.S. to shutter coal plants, and DICTATED what types of cars Americans should drive. The search engine and online advertising powerhouse also believes the federal government should take more dollars from America’s taxpayers to fund unproven gambles in President Obama’s fictitious “green energy economy.”
www.theblaze.com/contributions/google-flying-high-and-polluting-the-air-with-government-bought-fuel/
seems that Google is doing something right - here is criticism from "right"
Drew Johnson is a fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom....
Nobody contributed to the "freedom of information in the USA" as Google search ..
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 14:20
@ "listentome" and anybody else's interested, as promised (I couldn't wait until tomorrow) and at your suggestion, here is the email I sent to Google verbatim, on two of their "input" sites and channels.

"I'm constantly seeing your ads on the WWW, including progressive sites, championing right wing causes -like that I just dumped prompting readers to "Support Ted Cruz" whom I consider to a mean-spirited, anti-social, feudalist reactionary that could only be taken seriously in today's America, particularly in Texas.
I have it on good authority that Google financially supports many other right-wing, monopolist causes all of which I and many others consider to be anti-populist, and regressive in their attempts to persuade gullible American citizens into voting against their own interests to their eventual dominance by corporate overlords providing low wages, no benefits nor right of redress or unionization.
On behalf of many others of a progressive persuasion who are not happy about being a customer or client of Google as such, I'd like to ask you if you support ANY progressive causes, some names and verification thereof, so that you at least give the appearance of balanced giving"?!

Feel free to copy, edit, consolidate and distribute as you see fit. Hope that it does indeed go viral.
I'll let you know if I get a response.
Rotsa ruck!
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 14:24
@ "listentome" and anybody else who is interested, as promised and at your suggestion, here is the email I sent to Google verbatim, on two of their "input" sites and channels. I couldn't wait until tomorrow. -If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly!
Read on to power.
"I'm constantly seeing your ads on the WWW, including progressive sites, championing right wing causes -like that I just dumped prompting readers to "Support Ted Cruz" whom I consider to a mean-spirited, anti-social, feudalist reactionary that could only be taken seriously in today's America, particularly in Texas.
I have it on good authority that Google financially supports many other right-wing, monopolist causes all of which I and many others consider to be anti-populist, and regressive in their attempts to persuade gullible American citizens into voting against their own interests to their eventual dominance by corporate overlords providing low wages, no benefits nor right of redress or unionization.
On behalf of many others of a progressive persuasion who are not happy about being a customer or client of Google as such, I'd like to ask you if you support ANY progressive causes, some names and verification thereof, so that you at least give the appearance of balanced giving"?!

Feel free to copy, edit, consolidate and distribute as you see fit. Hope that it does indeed go viral.
I'll let you know if I get a response.
Rotsa ruck!
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2013-12-08 14:26
Sorry about the repeat.
 
 
+7 # MindDoc 2013-12-08 14:54
I'm simply stunned to see the name Susan Molinari, in conjunction with Google - or anything beyond a Fox/Palin fan club or reunion of failed politicians. Having lived in NY during her reign, my recollection is that she was ahead of her time in her display of partisanship, right-wing froth, and dumbing down of issues. Hiring her (of all people on earth!) to grow Google's policies of 'philanthropy' and 'non-profit support' is a bit like hiring Mark Zuckerberg (already supported by GOP Gov Christie) to be in charge of national privacy, or naming Michelle Bachmann to head the Dept. of Facts vs. Fiction, or Ailes, Rove, and Koch Inc. to promote middle-class values, fairness, and the democratic tenets of the U.S. I'm super-disappoin ted in Google for that mind-boggling choice of highly paid partisan/lobbyist.

IMHO, Google is a better engine and platform than Bing, and the brainpower and innovation is tops at Google. Without knowing details of its money distribution (for 'social' organizations) it may well be that there's an effort to spread influence 'equally', and compete with the overwhelming 'friend$' at Facebook, MS, VZ, etc, etc. Maybe that's 'just how it is'. Still, I wonder if Google investors were made aware of Molinari's being resuscitated for a new role in shaping Google's policies re: social & political priorities and responsibility. New Yorkers remember. Yes, sometimes 'moderate' but a politico. Shame on Google.

But MS is no different: http://tinyurl.com/msvam3x
 
 
+2 # Activista 2013-12-08 20:11
"it may well be that there's an effort to spread influence 'equally', and compete with the overwhelming 'friend$' at Facebook, MS, VZ, etc, etc. Maybe that's 'just how it is'"
I agree - it would be suicidal for GOOGLE to not to cover both parties - influence/buy power. This is US money culture/system. One has to be pragmatic. USA is corrupt political/busin ess system - idealism does not survive for very long in our Money Culture.
 
 
0 # djnova50 2013-12-08 17:32
I don't use Google. Not even for a web search. It's actually fairly easy to not use Google products.
 
 
+1 # Activista 2013-12-08 20:18
Search/Google:
seymour hersh Syria ... Obama lied about Assad using chemical weapons ... do you think that we would get this news so fast without GOOGLE search engine?
 
 
0 # chicagoflygirls 2013-12-08 23:04
Ok, tell me what else I can do. I don't have gmail, and I can use Bing for search, any other way I can leave Google in the lurch? And let them know why?
 
 
+2 # Arte Possible 2013-12-09 00:07
A few days ago my computer was messed up just while it was sitting there doing nothing. I was using Google Chrome as my browser. When I tried to fix things, it wouldn't let me. SOOO I chose another browser. Things are working fine!! Just my unintentional boycott! Yes, I will write a letter too protesting their giving practices. ALEC - come on!!
 
 
+1 # FDRva 2013-12-09 01:19
What a shock--another bunch of Silicon Valley geeks, made Billionaires by the NSA and allied financial institutions. Sounds like Google all over again.
 
 
-4 # FDRva 2013-12-09 01:25
Just in case you missed it--Google is the NSA. Google just does it with Russian programmers--an d a wink and a nod from US and Russian authorities. Duh?
 
 
+1 # AUCHMANNOCH 2013-12-09 08:57
I am shocked at this article - I always thought Google were good guys. I will give DuckDuckGo a go although this is the first time i've ever heard of them.
 
 
0 # Teahon 2013-12-10 16:45
Don't be too shocked they have been stitching up the little guy for years.
 
 
+3 # franpryor 2013-12-09 10:11
The National Socialist Party was not a grass roots movement in 1930's Germany. It was funded by rich international industrialists (including Prescott Bush) and corporations which then took advantage of the suffering populace by offering them employment and opportunity. By the time they realized what was happening, it was too late and it will be for us, too, if we don't start paying attention.
 
 
0 # Teahon 2013-12-10 16:44
Regardless of which party is in power in the US, Google's updates have effectively put the little guy out of business. Who gains from that?

No need to be Sherlock Holmes people...
 

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