Reports

May 30, 2018

The Lobbyist in the Garage

On May 30, 2018, CfA released a new report, “The Lobbyist in the Garage,” revealing that Engine, a San Francisco-based nonprofit claiming to represent the “voice of startups in government,” is little more than an apparent AstroTurf lobbying group created by current and former Google employees to advance Google’s interests.

March 16, 2018

Google’s Academic Influence in Europe

On March 16, 2018, Campaign for Accountability released a new report revealing how Google has paid tens of millions of euros to European academic institutions over the past decade to develop an influential network of friendly European academics who write research papers supporting the tech giant’s business interests.

October 30, 2017

How Google Makes Millions Off of Fake News

On October 30, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report revealing Google continues to place ads on websites that promote false information despite promises to alter its practices. CfA analyzed a sample of 1,255 news publishers and found that Google continues to place ads on hyper-partisan and misleading websites, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue for the company.

September 7, 2017

Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands

On July 6, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands has spent to date to develop a lawsuit to compel the federal government to transfer national public lands to the state. CfA’s review of the hundreds of pages of invoices for work done by outside lawyers, public relations firms, and polling experts reveals apparent prohibited lobbying expenditures, luxury travel, and significant billing discrepancies — all at taxpayer expense. On September 13, 2016, we requested that the Commission release the results of its internal review. On September 7, 2017, CfA called on the Commission to release all communications, documents, and invoices submitted by its law firm, Davillier Law Group, LLC.

July 11, 2017

Google Academics, Inc.

On July 11, 2017, 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.

June 20, 2017

What is the Energy and Policy Institute?

On June 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report unmasking 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.

November 28, 2016

Google’s Support for Hillary Clinton

On November 28, 2016, Campaign for Accountability released a report examining Google’s support for Hillary Clinton. Google executives and employees bet heavily on a Clinton victory, hoping to extend the company’s influence on the Obama White House. An in-depth examination of the company’s efforts to extend that special relationship into the next administration reveals what might be expected from Google for the incoming Trump administration.

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