NEWS: Latest Big Tech Front Group Admits Plans To Trick Lawmakers
So-Called “Chamber of Progress” Aims To Avoid Break-Ups By Trading Political Favors
Washington, D.C. – Big Tech is making a new and concerted effort to bamboozle lawmakers through a front group, the American Economic Liberties Project warned Monday.
“Union busters who facilitated a right-wing attack on the U.S. Capitol want progress for their own power and profit – nothing more,” Economic Liberties’ Executive Director Sarah Miller said. “They’ve long co-opted social justice language to camouflage their intentions and this is yet another example of it.”
The new group, which calls itself the Chamber of Progress, explicitly intends to borrow from the co-opting playbook pioneered by Big Tobacco and Big Oil in the past. The industry-backed organization plans to make an opening play for influence with Democrats by showing support for key voting-rights reforms, its leader told Morning Consult.
Senior staff also used the group’s launch-day media splash to spin last week’s Energy & Commerce hearing as evidence that lawmakers have no stomach for breaking up Big Tech. But polling indicates that the public increasingly agrees with the core arguments for breaking up the monopolies.
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