Tuesday, July 16, 2024

WATCHDOG: Facebook, Twitter Gave 12x More Funding to Dems in 2020 Race

'Why are Congressional Democrats on the House Oversight Committee investigating Parler? Just follow the money...'

The Internet Accountability Project revealed in a 42-page analysis that Facebook and Twitter gave more than $5.5 million in direct donations to Democrats for the 2020 election.

That was about 12 times the roughly $435,000 that they gave to Republicans during the same election cycle.

The figures include donations made to both individual candidates and political-action committees by those self-identified in disclosures as employees of the two California-based companies.

In addition to examining the overall federal contributions, the IAP noted that when it came to donations to members of the House Oversight Committee, the two social-media publishers had given more than 42 times the amount to Democrat members ($83,363) than it gave to Republicans on the committee ($1,950).

Of that, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, received $36,346, or 43% of the combined total given to both Democrat and Republican members of the 44-person committee.

It comes as the Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, threatens an investigation of the conservative-friendly platform Parler, claiming it played a significant part in the Jan. 6 uprising at the US Capitol.

An analysis of the siege by George Washington University revealed that dissidents involved in storming the Capitol used Facebook considerably more than conservative platforms to the extent that they coordinated their actions.

According to Mike Davis, IAP founder and president, the selective targeting of Parler by the Oversight Committee is yet another example of how power-hungry far-left operations were colluding to suppress dissenting viewpoints.

“Parler’s rising popularity made Parler a viable threat to Facebook and Twitter’s dominance over social media,” Davis said in a press release.

“So together, they colluded with Amazon to destroy Parler and used the horrific attacks … as a shameful excuse,” he continued. “Why are Congressional Democrats on the House Oversight Committee investigating Parler? Just follow the money.”

The IAP uncovered the donations using publicly available data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics’s OpenSecrets.org.

However, it is widely known that the reach of the corrupt social-media giants extended well beyond their direct contributions.

Both Facebook and Twitter have actively worked to censor the mainstream opinions of conservative supporters of President Donald Trump, labeling them as “disinformation” while promoting radical leftist viewpoints and leaders like Ocasio–Cortez and attempting to “normalize” their socialist agenda.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also spent an estimated half-billion dollars of his personal fortune in dark-money efforts such as those promoted by his Center for Tech and Civic Life, to actively undermine election administration in blue areas of battleground “red” states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas and Georgia.

That funding likely had a direct role in swaying the outcome of the election by paving the way for local election officials to commit vote fraud through ballot-harvesting and other means.

Ironically, the Center for Responsive Politics noted that Democrats, who benefited far more from dark-money donations by oligarch billionaires like Zuckerberg and George Soros, are now hoping to crack down on it.

Their highly controversial HR1 election overhaul would seek additional public funding for elections and further shed light on anonymous donor lists—a move that Republicans fear may be used to blacklist corporate donors in some heavily blue areas, including Silicon Valley.

Nonetheless, the bill would seek to permanently codify many of the illicit and dubious practices that enabled widespread fraud under the auspices of “emergency” pandemic measures.

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