There is an old saying, he who pays the piper calls the tune. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank that promotes “the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom and traditional American values.”
And recently the organization’s CEO announced that in 2020, the Heritage Foundation turned down two large donations from Big Tech.
The Western Journal writes:
The Heritage Foundation turned down large donations from Big Tech giants Google and Facebook last year in the days leading up to the 2020 election.
The outgoing conservative think tank president Kay Coles James wrote letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai rejecting the six-figure contributions, Axios reported.
“I’m writing to inform you that The Heritage Foundation is returning the $150,000 donation we received from Facebook,” James wrote to Zuckerberg on Oct. 29, 2020.
“We cannot in good conscience accept money from a company that repeatedly and blatantly targets conservative speech on your platform.”
Of course, this is not the first time that Big Tech donations made headlines.
In 2020, the Daily Caller reported that nearly 95% of members of the Senate oversight committee that oversees privacy and antitrust issues related to Big Tech also received donations from Big Tech. No Big Coincidence there.
The Daily Caller explains:
Nearly all members of Congress who oversee privacy and antitrust issues have received donations or lobbying money from Big Tech, according to a Public Citizen report.
Ninety-four percent of lawmakers on Capitol Hill with jurisdiction over key Big Tech issues have received money from the industry, according to the Public Citizen report released Wednesday. Altogether, Big Tech political action committees (PAC) and lobbyists contributed roughly $3.2 million to lawmakers who are specifically tasked with regulating the industry.
In total, 134 of the 142 members of these committees accepted money from Big Tech PACs and lobbyists in 2020, the report found. Democrats received $1.7 million while Republicans received $1.4 million.