Google Is Now Pouring Money Into Far-Right Wing Organizations

google earthPR Watch notes that Google’s political activities don’t necessarily match up with the views held by its workers:

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.

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 (ALEC), although that group is not listed as receiving “substantial” funding in the list published by Google.

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.

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.”

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 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.

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  • Jin The Ninja

    no one ACTUALLY believes what corporations say, do they?

  • I_abide

    So you’re saying Google is trying to make as much money as it can by any means necessary? I for one am shocked at these allegations.

  • denverover

    I am anti-Right-wing politics. Therefore i am going to do the worst thing I can do to Google. I am going now to close my google accounts and switch to breakthru(dot)com for email (zero spam) and Maxthon cloud browser for my searches.

  • Reasor

    PR Watch commentor “Leslie Parsley” points out, at the bottom of the linked article, that following this story to the actual report from Google that PR Watch is commenting on shows “34 trade associations and well over 50 third party organizations such as the American Library Association, the Association for the Blind, AARP, the NAACP and many others.” This looks less like Google veering to the far right and more like the company is spreading money around to both parties in order to ensure support of legislation that Google wants, no matter which party is in charge. They’re spreading money around to the left and right.

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