Amid an alarming crackdown on President Donald Trump and his supporters by Big Tech, his successor’s administration is shaping up to be rather cozy with the censors.
President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, made millions of dollars as a lawyer representing Big Tech oligarchs, Breitbart reported.
Biden’s DHS pick
Recent financial disclosures show that Mayorkas earned over $3.3 million since 2019 working as a corporate attorney for companies like Uber, Airbnb, Northrop Grumman, T-Mobile, Cisco Systems, and Blackstone, Politico reported.
Mayorkas, who served as Obama’s second-in-command at the DHS, also worked for companies like Clorox, MGM Resorts International, and the engineering company Leidos.
His work included advising Uber on compliance with immigration laws for its drivers and representing AT&T in its merger with Sprint.
Big Tech in Biden’s Cabinet
The disclosures are the latest indication that Biden is tapping personnel with backgrounds in the Obama administration, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street.
Biden’s State Secretary nominee Antony Blinken worked for clients like Bank of America, Facebook, Uber, McKinsey & Company, pharma company Gilead, Boeing, AT&T, and LinkedIn at his consulting company WestExec Advisors, according to Politico. Blinken reportedly started the firm with other Obama alumni, including Biden’s pick to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines. She consulted with data-mining company Palantir, according to her own records.
Biden’s Treasury Secretary nominee and former Fed chair Janet Yellen made more than $7 million in speaking fees from Wall Street clients including Citibank.
While Biden’s Cabinet has various Big Tech connections, he has already given jobs on his transition team to executives from companies like Facebook and Google, and Big Tech is actively lobbying for influence in his administration, according to Reuters.
Biden’s hires are especially alarming for conservatives amid unprecedented censorship. Twitter permanently banned Trump on Friday, and a host of platforms have followed suit.
Twitter’s decision has been criticized by world leaders including Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the move “problematic.”
Meanwhile, Parler, a Twitter alternative dedicated to free speech, was shut down after bans from Amazon, Google, and Apple over the weekend, Breitbart reported. Wall Street is also striking back at Trump, with a number of major banks cutting off donations to politicians who support him, the outlet noted separately.