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Google, Facebook go right-wing

By DOUG THOMPSON
September 28, 2011

GOP operative Katie Harbath

Internet giants Google and Facebook have gone right — right wing that is — hiring Republican operatives as lobbyists as both boost their Washington presence in an effort to influence legislation.

Google, long known for its left-leaning political persuasion, is suddenly dumping money into right-wing organizations like The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, The Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Crossroads Committee.

Some companies hire lobbyists. Google hires entire lobbying firms — 18 of them in the last few months.  And last week, Google teamed with right-leaning Fox News to co-sponsor a presidential debate.

Facebook, which only recently entered the Washington influence game, filed paperwork this week to create “FB PAC” and hired Katie Harbath, a former digital strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, as associate manager of policy in the company’s new Washington office.  Other GOP operatives have joined Facebook’s Washington operation.

Facebook is also building alliances with conservative organizations like the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and we believe that Facebook can be a tremendous tool to fuel their growth and success,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer.

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7 Responses to Google, Facebook go right-wing

  1. Almandine

    September 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Seems like their reading of the electoral tea leaves indicates a larger Republican presence in Congress – and probably the White House – after november 2012.

    Positioning themselves to do well in that climate…

  2. Andy

    September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Correct. Google and other large entities do not want to be left waiting at the starting line when things are looking bleak for all left leaning groups and people.

  3. Andy

    September 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Operative. Woo, sounds scary. The picture in black and white (as in black vs. white? or black hats vs. white hats?)

    What are you really saying, Capitol Hill Blues?

  4. egc52556

    September 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Big companies almost always lobby from both the left and right, so they have friends whichever way the political wind blows… or the politicians.

    Not sure this is news.

  5. KishinD

    September 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hmm, seems like FaceBook’s COO has adopted Republicrat talking points too… Facebook has become a massive corporation that sells personal info to other corporations and DHS… *sniff sniff* does anyone else smell dishonesty?

  6. Jon

    September 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that they’re in it for the money. There is no greater overarching concern for a corporation.

    J.

  7. Lynn Keith Fallis

    October 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I have never been involved in either, but I just may look into that today.
    Their motivation is of no concern, as long as they lean away from big government socialism.
    I really miss the days when we were truly free!