Officially, the online search giant Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” According to two new reports—one from the Wall Street Journal and one from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability’s Google Transparency Project, the company doesn’t just organize. When Google wishes it had information that’d maybe help further its policy and regulatory goals, it just pays academics under the table to gin it up.
Company pays stipends of $5,000 to $400,000 for research supporting business practices that face regulatory scrutiny; a ‘wish list’ of topics.
Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google Academics Inc., revealing Google’s extensive financial support for academics and policy experts. CfA identified 329 research papers published between 2005 and 2017 on public policy matters of interest to Google that were in some way funded by the company.
Statement from CfA Executive Director Daniel Stevens regarding Google's support for academia
"Renewable energy companies seek to convey an image of not just cleaner energy, but also cleaner politics. EPI, however, embraces the same campaign-style tactics that green energy companies purport to oppose," writes our Executive Director Daniel Stevens in an op-ed to the Washington Examiner.
Campaign for Accountability's new report unmasks the Energy and Policy Institute (EPI) – an organization that describes itself as both a watchdog and a think tank – as the apparent project of a public relations firm.
He can’t tell White House aides not to get their own attorneys, say letters to disciplinary panels.
Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Bar alleging that President Donald J. Trump’s personal, attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, may have violated District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct.
Last November, Floridians voted down a controversial ballot measure that would have limited expansion of rooftop solar panels. While voters declared their support for green energy, the industry’s customers have been telling a different story.
Slaughter, Duncan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Transparency to Political Intelligence Industry
Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and John J. Duncan (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Political Intelligence Transparency Act. Campaign for Accountability supports this legislation.