On December 20, 2019, CfA released a new report documenting the deep, and longstanding alliance between Google and the Koch political network.
Tucker Carlson: Heritage Foundation, Other Koch-Funded Groups Carrying Water For Big Tech’s Left-Wing Agenda
"The Fox News host brought up a recently obtained report from the Campaign for Accountability showing how 'conservative organizations in DC have colluded with Big Tech to shield left-wing monopolies from any oversight at all.'"
Google Transparency Project Releases Database of 3,000 Grants Awarded to Academic Researchers by Google
On December 20, 2019, CfA released a new database of 2,951 financial awards made by Google to academic researchers working in both public policy and non-public policy-oriented disciplines. The database is a comprehensive, user friendly archive of all of the grants that Google discloses on its website.
"The nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability, citing a recent Wall Street Journal report on Google’s “blacklists” of certain phrases or terms to shape search results, sent a letter to Senate leaders raising concerns about Google’s recent testimony on the topic. (A Google spokesperson told MT “the testimony was 100% accurate.”)"
Watchdog Calls for Criminal Investigation of Google VP for Potentially Lying to Congress about Company Blacklists
On November 21, 2019, CfA asked the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, to refer Karan Bhatia, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google, to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation into whether Mr. Bhatia may have provided false testimony to the committee during a hearing concerning Google’s manipulation of search results.
"'The landscape of advocacy groups in Washington is complicated, and large technology companies benefit from this confusion,' Daniel Stevens, executive director for the Campaign for Accountability, said."
"Mr. Lee has been accused of letting money influence his views on the subject. The Google Transparency Project, a nonprofit that tracks the tech giant’s connections to government, recently raised questions about whether he was influenced by donations from Google and its allies."
"The Google Transparency Project collected all the available information on 16 different Google programs and related organizations to fund journalism. The report reveals that Google and related entities have committed between $567 million and $569 million to support at least 1,157 projects around the globe."
"The report, written by researchers at the Campaign for Accountability’s Google Transparency Project, shows a spike in funding in Europe when Google was under pressure in the mid- to late-2010s, and a subsequent uptick in the US amid a backlash that’s led to a Department of Justice investigation and calls for its breakup."