Monday, June 7, 2021

Lawmakers Warned About Think Tanks Funded by Big Tech

The conservative advocacy group American Principles Project, founded by Princeton's Robert George, is warning Republican lawmakers and staffers to be wary of Big Tech attempts to "influence public policy on the Right" through think tank funding, according to Axios.  Here is an exerpt from a letter being sent to lawmakers:

I write to you today because the American conservative movement is deeply concerned about the effort of Big Tech and its allies to influence public policy on the Right.

The Daily Caller first documented this effort in 2019, pointing out that Google had contributed to “groups like R-Street, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), TechFreedom, the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), to name a few.

Here is a copy of the letter being sent to to Capitol Hill.

The Heritage Foundation has recently turned down large donations from Facebook and Google.

Heritage is among more than 40 right-leaning research groups that have stopped accepting donations from tech giants.