(National Sentinel) Owned: The head of an Internet activist group opposed to Left-wing tech giants’ domination of the Web said that they don’t fear being regulated by Congress or the Trump administration because they’ve “bought” off everyone with donations.
Christie-Lee McNally, executive director of Free Our Internet, told Breitbart Radio on SiriusXM Thursday that the tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter control virtually all online traffic and ad revenue, and they use it to buy influence in D.C.
“They control over 90 percent of the internet, so they don’t need to capitulate to us, they don’t need to capitulate to the Senate [or] the president. They don’t need to capitulate … because they’ve bought them all,” she said.
“The amount they pay in lobbyists — if you look at FEC reports and how much they pay in lobbyists [and in] Washington, DC, they don’t have to worry about legislation.”
“Clearly they lied last month when they went up there,” said McNally of Twitter and Facebook executives’ denial they censored conservative political content across their digital platforms during testimony before congressional committees.
Breitbart News noted:
Open Secrets itemized Google’s lobbying spending via the technology company’s FEC filings, with its most recent data coming from 2014.
The top recipient of Google’s lobbying spending in 2014 was the Podesta Group, founded by Clinton loyalist and founder of the Center for American Progress and its subsidiary ThinkProgress.
In January, TIME published a report detailing Google’s lobbying efforts:
When it comes to corporate lobbying efforts, Google outspent other major technology firms last year by millions of dollars, and took the top spot among companies more broadly.
Google (now part of parent company Alphabet) spent over $18 million lobbying politicians in 2017, according to federal disclosure records. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, this is the first time a technology company has spent the most on lobbying costs in at least two decades. Google did not return TIME’s request for comment about its lobbying activities.
“It’s all come down to the almighty dollar for [Google], and it’s come down to control,” said McNally. “When they started out and it was all about American tradition and values.”
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