McNally, executive director of Free Our Internet, warnedof
large technology companies’ procurement of political influence via
lobbying efforts in Washington, DC. She offered her remarks in a
Thursday interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on
Our Internet is a non-profit organization describing itself as an
opponent of the “tech-left” and its political censorship of
“conservative speech online.”
control over 90 percent of the internet, so they don’t need to
capitulate to us, they don’t need to capitulate to the Senate [or]
the president. They don’t need to capitulate … because they’ve
bought them all. The amount they pay in lobbyists — if you look at
FEC reports and how much they pay in lobbyists [and in] Washington,
DC, they don’t have to worry about legislation.
they lied last month when they went up there,” said McNally of Twitter
and Facebook executives’ denial of
political censorship across their digital platforms during testimony
before congressional committees.
Secrets itemized Google’s
lobbying spending via the technology company’s FEC filings, with its
most recent data coming from 2014.
top recipient of Google’s lobbying spending in 2014 was the Podesta
Group, founded by Clinton loyalist and founder of the Center for
American Progress and its subsidiary ThinkProgress.
January-published TIME report noted Google’s
it comes to corporate lobbying efforts, Google outspent other major
technology firms last year by millions of dollars, and took the top
spot among companies more broadly.
(now part of parent company Alphabet) spent over
$18 million lobbying politicians in 2017, according to federal
disclosure records. According to the Center for Responsive Politics,
this is the first time a technology company has spent the most on
lobbying costs in at least two decades. Google did not return TIME’s
request for comment about its lobbying activities.
praised Breitbart News coverage of threats to free speech and expression
posed by the growing power of technology companies under left-wing
management. She highlighted
Breitbart News’s recent publication of a leaked 84-page document
detailing some of Google’s political censorship efforts.
want to thank you guys for getting this
document and informing people of what we have been screaming for a
couple of years, now,” said McNally. “[People have been saying], ‘You
guys are crazy. This is not happening.’ We watched the hearings and we
talked about back in April and May and we were told, ‘This is just a
conspiracy,’ and all of what we have been saying is now in our hands,
proof that what we’ve been saying is true.”
described Google’s political censorship as a threat to the First
terrifies me even more … that what we’ve been saying is absolutely
scariest part of the document is [Google declaring it opts for]
‘European tradition’ rather than ‘American tradition.’ That means they
want to undermine not only the First Amendment but our Constitution.”
cast Google’s compliance with
the Chinese state’s political censorship demands as unscrupulous
all come down to the almighty dollar for [Google], and it’s come down to
control,” stated McNally. “When they started out and it was all about
American tradition and values.”
criticisms of America ring hollow as it complies with China’s
authoritarian state, assessed McNally.
don’t understand how, with the whole China situation … I don’t know how
you can be a good censor when it comes to [the] Chinese regime and those
types of governments,” remarked McNally. “This is a company whose motto,
years ago, was ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ and now they are willing to bend over
backwards for a government that does the types of things that they do to
their people. They’re willing to censor and basically make a completely
alternate internet for that particular government.”
ironic is how they’ll do that while, at the same time, talk about how
awful America is, how awful our president is, how we’re suppressing
women [and] minorities. America is the bad actor here, but they’re
willing to go into China and set up a completely separate internet to
suppress the Chinese people so that they will only see what the
Chinese government wants them to see.
September-published report revealed Google’s
development of a search engine for China — named “Dragonfly” — complete
with the Chinese state’s censorship demands.
described the threat to free speech and expression posed by large
technology firms as “100 times the threat” posed by left-wing news media
outlets such as CNN.