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.
No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google. Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama.
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.
On July 19, 2016, Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google’s Silicon Tower, revealing how academics and experts funded by Google have played a major role at academic and government conferences, debating some of the company’s core issues. Nearly all of the Google-funded participants failed to disclose their financial ties to Google, now a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.
On July 14, 2016 Campaign for Accountability (released a new report, Documenting Discrimination, uncovering how national right wing religious groups – working through smaller local groups – are spearheading the movement to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals through Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) legislation.
On July 6, 2016, in a letter to the chairs of the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands and the director and legislative general counsel of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Campaign for Accountability called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the commission 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 from Davillier Law Group and Strata Policy 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. Despite contracts that required coach travel and standard hotel room rates, CfA uncovered evidence of first-class air travel and numerous stays at an exclusive private club. On September 13, 2016, we requested that the Commission release the results of its internal review.