A seven-member group of Republicans in the House of Representatives said Wednesday that they will not receive donations from major tech companies or their top executives, a sign of the day gap. increase between some conservatives and large enterprises.
Lawmakers said in a letter that the companies restricted the reach of conservative voices, citing bans on the Parler chat app after it was won by participants. attack on the Capitol on January 6 using and abusing their market power.
“These monopolies have shown that individual liberties can be threatened by corporate tyranny as much as government tyranny,” they said in the letter. All but one of the lawmakers are members of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees antitrust questions faced by tech companies.
The pledge was led by Colorado Representative Ken Buck, the top Republican on the Judicial Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. Last month, Mr Buck said he would not accept money from the tech giants’ political action committees.
For years, right-wing lawmakers have attacked Google, Twitter and Facebook, accusing companies of unjustly removing content posted by conservatives. Lawmakers also accuse Amazon and Apple of stifling competition. In recent weeks, some conservatives have incited other large businesses – traditionally their allies in an attempt to de-regulate the economy – opposing their stance on voting rights and Other problems.
Five of the lawmakers have received donations from the political action committees of Google, Facebook and Amazon over the past electoral cycle. Representatives Chip Roy of Texas, Gregory Steube of Florida and Andy Biggs of Arizona, who signed the pledge, all received a total donation of $ 3,500. South Carolina representative Ralph Norman (not Oklahoma, as previously reported here) received $ 1,000 from Amazon’s political committee.
But it’s also possible that some lawmakers have signed pledged not to decline any contributions in the near future. Amazon and Google froze donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying election results following the Jan. 6 attack. Facebook halted all its political donations. .
Mr. Steube and Mr. Norman, as well as Representative Dan Bishop of North Carolina and Burgess Owens of Utah, all oppose the results of the presidential election.
Mr. Bishop and Mr. Owens both signed the pledge although they did not receive money from the political commissions of the companies in the previous election cycle.