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Public Citizen’s List of Examples of “Third Party” Groups to Which Google Provides Support

November 17, 2014

As we know, Google spends hundreds of millions every year to extend its influence through government, academia and the media.  (Although sometimes with the media it extends its influence through theft wrapped in a bunch of excuses).

The venerated good government group Public Citizen released a comprehensive report entitled “Mission Creep-y” that measures many dimensions of Google’s influence in the US.  (“In the US” is an important qualifier–Google does much the same in major economies.)    In addition to the campaign contributions and lobbying spend that are largely public record, Public Citizen also focused on a largely unseen element of this influence–so called “third party” influence groups (often non-profits) that end up on Google’s side most of the time.  (See SOPA.)

Tax exempt nonprofits disclose their income on an IRS Form 990, but the one schedule that would be meaningful in evaluating the nonprofit’s bona fides is confidential.  That’s Schedule B to the Form 990 that lists big contributors.  For example, do you feel differently about Creative Commons knowing that Google gave the organization $1.5 million that we know of?

Creative Commons 2008 Schedule B

Or would you feel differently about Free Press if you knew that the organization had convened a meeting of interested tech folk at the San Francisco home of David Drummond to discuss how to pursue their agenda–with Professor Lawrence Lessig (himself the founder of Creative Commons and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford which itself got $2 million from Google).  See the pattern here?

free press invitation 3

So Public Citizen has provided us with a list of the many organizations that Google gives money to in hopes of receiving favorable treatment.  See how many you recognize?

AARP Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Access Now George Mason University Law School Law and Econ. Center
American Action Forum Global Network Initiative
American Antitrust Institute Global Voices
American Association of People with Disabilities Heritage Action
American Conservative Union Heritage Foundation
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Human Rights Campaign
American Council of the Blind Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research International Center for Law and Economics
American Foundation for the Blind Internet Education Foundation
American Library Association Institute for IP and Social Justice at Howard Law School
Americans for Tax Reform iKeepSafe
Asian American Justice Center Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies The Latino Coalition
APAICS Leadership Network Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Aspen Institute League of United Latin American Citizens
American University Program on Information Justice and IP Mercatus Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The Brookings Institution Nat’onal Assoc. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
California State University Northridge Foundation National Association of the Deaf
Capital Factory National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
CATO Institute National Consumers League
Center for a New American Security National Congress of American Indians
Center for American Progress Action Fund National Council of La Raza
Center for Democracy and Technology National Cyber Security Alliance
Center for the Rule of Law National Federation of the Blind
Center for Strategic and International Studies National Hispanic Media Coalition
Committee to Protect Journalists National League of Cities
Common Sense Media National Network to End Domestic Violence
Competitive Enterprise Institute National Taxpayers Union
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation National Urban League
Congressional Black Caucus Institute New America Foundation
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute PEN American Center
Congressional Institute People for the American Way
ConnectSafely Progressive Policy Institute
Constitution Project Public Knowledge
Consumer Action Reporters Without Borders
Consumer Federation of America Ripon Society
Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc. R Street Institute
Creative Commons Small Business Majority Foundation
Digital 4th TDI
Electronic Frontier Foundation TechFreedom
Engine Advoacy Technology Policy Institute
Enough is Enough Transparency International
Family Online Safety Institute U.S. Black Chamber Inc.
Federalist Society U.S. Conference of Mayors
Free State Foundation U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Freedom House Washington Legal Foundation
Future of Music Coalition Wired Safety
Future of Privacy Forum Women’s High Tech Coalition
  1. Adams-Myth
    November 17, 2014 at 21:52

    Looks like they are really playing both sides of the aisle very well.

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