Skip to comments.Google was overwhelmingly against Trump, now it's trying to win him over
Posted on 01/17/2017 9:53:41 PM PST by HokieMom
President-elect Donald Trump's views on a range of issues, from immigration to climate change, alienated many left-leaning tech employees in Silicon Valley, but none more so than those working at Alphabet.
During the presidential campaign, 33 employees at the tech giant donated $20,000 to Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That was a tiny fraction of the 1,400 employees who donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign, for a total of $1.6 million.
And it wasn't just political donations.
The revolving door between the Obama administration and the company swung hard and frequently during the past eight years: 22 former White House officials left the administration to work for Alphabet, according to research from the Campaign for Accountability.
Alphabet's support for Clinton was evident in its C-suite as well.
WikiLeaks revealed that Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt emailed John Podesta Clinton's campaign manager volunteering to fund, advise and recruit talent for her White House run. CFO Ruth Porat donated $2,700 to Clinton, the maximum amount of money an individual can contribute to a federal campaign.
Like many tech companies, Alphabet has a range of potential political issues that it must consider, from immigration to privacy, taxes to encryption. There are also regulatory concerns.
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While its relationship with the new administration is uncertain, Alphabet does have plenty of conservative friends on Capitol Hill.
Its top lobbyist is Susan Molinari, the former Republican congresswoman from New York. Last year, the company's political action committee donated $1.5 million to federal candidates, with 56 percent directed to Republicans.
Alphabet declined comment for this story.
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Even if Google got on its knees and kissed both cheeks it doesn’t matter.
Of course, they will kiss butt until there’s an opportunity to stab him in the back.
The problem for Google is an age old problem.
Paraphrasing: If you’re going to go after the king, make sure you kill him.
Google tried to take Trump out. Now it has to deal with a man it alienated to the max.
Google isn’t the only enterprise that did this.
Now they are having to rethink what they did to themselves.
That must have been one hell of a meeting.
Paraphrasing: If youre going to go after the king, make sure you kill him.
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The difference between MAJOR companies and say newspapers and pols is the MAJOR companies with stockholders to answer to, look around and see that if they don’t get on the bandwagon they will lose out big time.
Pols don’t care, all they have to do is enough to be able to give ‘their’ people something for nothing and they will be able to hang around in Govt for years at OUR expense.
Good example is the Pol from NY that is in trouble with his Caribbean Islands etc... First question should be ‘How can a poor boy from Harlem now be able to afford a Great home on Park Ave(?), villas in the Islands, 1500 dollar suits, expensive cars etc etc when his ONLY job in his 60 years has been as a ‘public servant’(BARF) with no other visible, above the table, support while his constituents still languish in poverty AND believe him when he comes around to ‘renew the lie’?....
Until that gets ‘fixed’ they will NEVER get ahead, no matter how much free stuff we continue to throw at them..
I agree. I’d love to see about half of Congress (or even more) have to answer for what they have been doing.
The corruption is massive. > IMO
Try Googling “Trump Jobs” and see what you find.
20% Federal Excise Tax on Google ad revenue seems appropriate.
The corruption is massive. > IMO
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No word or words to describe how large it is.
Starts with the Garbage mans wife getting free nails done if her husband arranges the schedule to not inconvenience them.
Moves to Wife of Gov getting place on board of directors just because she is the wife of the Gov AND WE ALL sit back and let them.
Other than a ‘do nothing for high pay job’ the impropriety of the whole situation stinks...
How rich did Boxer/Feinstein get from husbands being involved with Commissary stores and Dole pineapple?
Even Cruz with his Wall Street wife maybe they ‘rate’ these positions on their own but the eye of decency sure seems to cloud over.
There has ALWAYS been a ‘scratch my back and I will scratch yours’ mentality in this country but it is getting out of hand.
You want the job of Congressman/Senator/Governor, your wife cannot work for companies that COULD benefit from YOUR position.
In actuality that is the litmus test and the price that D Trump is paying for being successful.
I really hope when he gets his feet on the ground and things rolling the issue of spousal abuse of the system by mates of OUR representatives gets looked at.
I also take the stand that one shouldn’t be able to give money to a candidate unless he will directly serve you.
We shouldn’t allow Texas/NY/CA money to determine the Gov etal of say VA, TN etc etc.
Of course people are just taking advantage of the loopholes etc the people in ‘power’ rigged for their benefit...
Then again to say that a spouse can’t do outside ‘work’ should mean they be allowed to work and get paid for WORK in the mates administration.
You address the issue as it should be addressed.
You raise a number of issues, and I’m not convinced you and I understand all the insidious ways this plays out. You have obviously touched on some of the more glaring out in the open ways, but I’ll bet there’s plenty of stuff we never dreamed of also.
It is our task to raise this issue and let others who do know all the insidious ways to come together and rid our government of these things.
I hope Sessions is clean enough where he can address it. It needs to be done.
If our guys n gals had to live off their government “only” salary, perhaps they wouldn’t be so happy to spend their life on Capital Hill.
I would also like to ban people leaving Congress and being picked up by some insider Corporation that was getting the benefit of their actions before they left Congress.
There’s a lot of fertile ground here. Most FReepers could join us here and be right at home on this.
My epiphany is the sudden realization that President Donald J. Trump's 1st inaugural speech, content-wise, is going to be one of the most mind-blowing inaugural speeches ever delivered in U.S. history.
In a single act which will forcefully demostrate his new power—the use of the bully pulpit—the President will sweep away the remnants of the repudiated Establishment and Media (but I repeat myself). These Leftist PC totalitarians will finally begin to absorb the magnitude of their defeat.
As the waning power of the Left's sinister lies and hate is gradually dispelled by President Trump, and by both his deeds and character, he will be embraced by the American People. And when that realization sinks in, their will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I FReeper and author LS at his word that, in his opinion (and paraphrasing), the "swamp dwellers" have no idea what's about to hit them.
I agree, and I firmly hope and believe that President Trump's inaugural speech will usher in an era wherein Left wings heads will be exploding constantly.
Make no mitake: it's going to get ugly. But the Democrat and their deluded, hateful ilk will lose. They have to. The traditionally reliable demographics that have been brainwashed into dutifully toiling under the repressive yoke of totalitarian PC "Progressivism" will cast off their chains in a cathartic reawakening of Liberty. Massive numbers of Americans will experience a new Enlightenment.
Personally, what I hope happens is an ideal expression of classical liberalism (small "l" libertarianism) with principles of minimal government, maximum respect for the Rights of the Individual, a strong Judaeo-Christian ethos, and an educational system oriented around preserving those ideals.
With many of the People President Trump is surrounding himself with, I really like most of what I'm seeing. Hopefully these people can help round out any deficits President Trump might have regarding Constitutional knowledge, instincts, and policies.
President Trump needs to stay true to the principles and policies which the People elected him to advance.
Donald J. Trump is being tried by far, and has been for a long time. If President Trump shows the patriotism, character, and executive and communication skills that I think he possesses, then he'll have every chance of being one of our greatest Presidents, despite the professional elitist hate.
If, however, Donald J. Trump isn't a man of character, and if he conforms to the caricature created by his many detractors, then he will fail miserably, I fear.
But, IMHO, he's got what it takes to get this job done. I'll have to see concrete evidence to decide otherwise.
The great thing about it is that President Trump will basically have to be honest with the American People, because if he isn't—if he somehow abandons his infamous bluntness and straight-shooting—then he won't be authentic and he won't be able to get the People behind him.
I sure hope that he doesn't have any more skeletons in his closet. I suspect there might still be a few for the Enemy to exploit.
But that's actually another wild thing about this situation: does Enemy really want to risk having a President Pence in office, someone without any skeletons and who would likely be very re-electable in 4 years?
Haw, haaw! They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't! I wouldn't give the Democrats' troubles to a monkey on a rock...
>> if he conforms to the caricature created by his many detractors, then he will fail miserably, I fear.
Never inject negative conditionals to an otherwise positive argument.
I despise these pukes.
That’s because Google is starting to rely on gigantic Federal contracts to stay on top. I should also throw in Amazon.
You address the issue as it should be addressed.
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Thanks.... I have been here for a while but not really into pictures and postings etc...
If you want to run with this, be my guest..a lot of it probably picked up from others anyway..
ALL PDT has to do is stop ALL the specials exemptions.
When everyone is subject to the base plan - no big companies, no union health care exemptions etc triple the no register fee.
Sit back and these former exemptees - Pols & staffs etc etc get their rates upped 30% or so and triple their deductible, they will be begging Congress to knock it off.
These bums got things so screwed up I can’t see it being solved until a COMPLETE turnover.
I had ‘proposed’ an anti incumbent move way back in Clinton days but it always was ... It will take 10 years to take effect. Remember Ollie North..that is what they used against him - the a lone wolf does not good.
Well lets say it will take 10 years been about 17 since then.
Google fu google
20 years ago Attorney General Janet Reno put Microsoft in the fight for its life, to keep from being broken up like AT&T was.
What did Microsoft do (besides being arrogant as hell and later dumping Windas 8 on us)? Why they put their little Internet Explorer icon on the home screen of some earlier version of Windas (I’m from Texas)...that was it, and for that, the huge company really died.
Back then Rush told the REAL STORY about what was going on - seems Microsoft was playing in the Clinton Administration’s shakedown game and was trying to actually stay out of politics...and for that, it nearly cost them the company.
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