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Top U.S. Tech Firms Fund ‘Extreme’ Right-Wing Causes
Posted on Nov 14, 2013
The link between tech and the right wing was confirmed in a report by a lobbying watchdog that shows some of America’s largest technology and telecom companies “are backing a network of self-styled ‘free-market thinktanks’ promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation,” The Guardian reports Thursday.
Through the State Policy Network, an umbrella group of 64 think tanks, Facebook, Microsoft, AT&T and other companies are pushing to slash taxes, oppose climate change regulation, advocate reductions in labor protections and the minimum wage, privatize education, restrict voter rights and lobby for the tobacco industry, The Center for Media and Democracy asserts.
SPN President Tracie Sharp blanched at the suggestion her organization operates as a right-wing lobbying network. In a statement, she said the outfit was dedicated to providing “state-based, free-market thinktanks with the academic and management resources required to run a non-profit institution.”
“Every thinktank,” she added, “rallies around a common belief: the power of free markets and free people to create a healthy, prosperous society.”
Most companies involved declined to comment (or had not done so by the time of publication) on the allegation that they supported extreme right-wing causes.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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