This is crony tech. A company which is headed by Google’s chairman whose sole purpose is the election of Hillary Clinton to the office of president throbs in Brooklyn. Engineers, software and other sorts work night and day for Ms. Clinton. Resources are poured in. Numbers and data crunched. Much of this data one can presume comes from Google itself.
Tech (outside of defense) was long an area of relatively low levels of cronyism, especially given the industry’s influence. Many large tech companies didn’t even have political staff in Washington DC until relatively recently. They innovated and beat their competitors in the marketplace. No longer. Silicon Valley has partnered with the state in nearly every way imaginable. This new, shadowy, offshoot of Google only makes sense.
Google has for the record officially given up on the “don’t do evil” motto. So that should tell you something about the direction of things.
An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs……There is also another gap in play: The shrinking distance between Google and the Democratic Party. Former Google executive Stephanie Hannon is the Clinton campaign’s chief technology officer, and a host of ex-Googlers are currently employed as high-ranking technical staff at the Obama White House. Schmidt, for his part, is one of the most powerful donors in the Democratic Party—and his influence does not stem only from his wealth, estimated by Forbes at more than $10 billion.
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