Google may be a household name for search engines, email, cloud storage and the Android OS, but it’s about to be known for something entirely different: crony lobbying for Democrats.
Any large company is expected to have some ties to Washington to protect its business interests, but Google goes much further an making sweet deals that would hurtAmerican freedoms while giving itself a sweet payoff.
Silicon Valley has earned the nickname “Valley of the Democrats” from the TechCrunch blog because of its symbiotic business relationship with Washington. But as Breitbart News reported last year, Google’s $16,830,000 in lobbying expenditure dominated the $139.5 million spent by both the computer and Internet industries.
As a demonstration of just how powerful Google’s relationship with Washington had become, the week before the February 2015 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve a wildly controversial “Net Neutrality” Internet regulatory regime, Google was uniquely given a copy of the 332-page draft document and then met with FCC Chairman Wheeler and the FCC’s two other Democratic commissioners, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. According to Politico‘s sources, Google was able to offer extraordinarily self-serving tweaks to the regulation just before the five-member Commission voted along party lines for the new rules.
Google’s peers have watched this and decided that its rule of the roost is over. Google has also been found out hiding search terms to benefit Hillary and one tech company in particular won’t stand for it any more.
The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources to fund the “Google Transparency Project,” which has set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a mission to “out” Google’s dicey lobbying practices and expose crony relationships with President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
A number of Silicon Valley’s tech giants have become concerned regarding the extent of Google’s growing power. But when a San Francisco jury decided in May that Google’s Android operating system did not have to pay $9 billion for infringing on Oracle’s 37 Java API patents under the “fair use” doctrine, Redwood City-based Oracle decided to start playing hardball in challenging Google’s reputation.
Following an August 18 Fortune article, Oracle proudly acknowledged that it is one of the funders of the ‘Google Transparency Project’ (GTP), which says it intends to use high-quality investigative journalism to document Google’s nefarious government influence.
Google has made some friends high up in Washington’s elite, particularly with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But it has also made some enemies in its own Silicon Valley neighborhood like Oracle, and they blowing the whistle on Google’s meddling in political affairs to help itself and steer the direction towards its allies. While the media and much of the tech industry is dead set against conservatives in general and Trump in particular, this new attack on the tech establishment can only help Donald Trump.