Google is one of the most crony companies on earth.
During the Obama years it expanded deeply into the taxpayer funded zone. And it is also currently partnering with China, that’s right CHINA, to create a censored Internet within China. That whole freedom of speech thing? Not Google’s gig, at least not in China.
But one of the most concerning issues, domestically, is the connection the company has to another company founded by Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Groundwork. Groundwork was created with the sole purpose of using online data to get Hillary Clinton elected. Few people know of this effort even today but the story was broken by Quartz back in 2015. (While Schmidt was still executive chairman of Alphabet.)
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.
This is Groundwork’s (former) logo. This is not a joke.
It looks like something on the side of the Death Star or something.
Consider some of the other stories we’ve done over the years on Google. (They probably haven’t helped our Google rankings.)
Some Google employees are raising concerns about the Internet giant’s work with China on a censored Internet
More Corporate-Left Big Brother: Google managers kept blacklists of conservative employees and one manager considered holding ‘trials,’ a new lawsuit alleges
Google, other tech giants, want people to shut up, Want to put the information genie back in the bottle
Obama (taxpayer funded) gift: The taxpayer is now going to pay for the installation of GOOGLE FIBER in “poor” neighborhoods, Large corporations to benefit
And this is just for starters.
So when we ask why it is that the Google CEO might not want to testify under oath in front of the Senate the answer is pretty clear if one has followed the company as we have. There are LOTS of questions that need to be answered. Questions Google likely would prefer never to answer. And given Google’s crony nature, given it’s ties with the government and all the taxpayer money it enjoys, it seems quite exposed. Crony capitalism is a double edged sword.
Google’s Sundar Pichai is facing bipartisan criticism for refusing to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing next week, but the panel’s chairman signaled he’s unlikely to issue a subpoena to force the chief executive officer to appear.
“I don’t normally subpoena people to be part of the solution,” …”Google chooses not to participate and being part of the solution. That’s a decision they made.”