Secretary Raimondo’s Pro-Big Tech Comments are Wildly Inappropriate

December 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project today released the following statement in response to pro-Big Tech comments from Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

“Secretary Raimondo’s comments in defense of Big Tech monopolies and in opposition to European efforts to address their market power are wildly inappropriate and inconsistent with President Biden’s executive order on competition policy,” said Sarah Miller, Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project. “Big Tech is a serious threat to global democracy and honest commerce. That’s why Congress, state attorneys general, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission, and officials at every level of American society are advancing policies to tame these dominant firms. Secretary Raimondo should not be subverting the work of the administration or our trans-Atlantic allies.”

“We have serious concerns about Secretary Raimondo’s judgment,” added Miller. “For too long federal policymakers have worked in service of C-suite executives at the expense of small businesses, innovative entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers. Secretary Raimondo should not be continuing that tradition.”

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.