One Republican lawmaker wants his party to do more than just talk about tackling bias by the nation’s tech giants.
After grilling Silicon Valley bigshots on the topic of censorship, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) is swearing off donor dollars from such companies — and he is calling on his GOP colleagues to do the same.
“Out to get conservatives”
The comment came after a House judiciary committee hearing that featured testimony from the respective heads of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google on Wednesday.
Steube was just one of the Republicans on the committee who expressed concerns about a perceived bias against conservatives.
“I’ll cut right to the chase,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). “Big tech is out to get conservatives. … That’s a fact.”
His tough talk was met with some tough questions in a subsequent interview with Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, though. In a sometimes contentious segment, Carlson pointed out that Jordan had received donations from Google.
In a statement to Breitbart, Steube said the interview convinced him to swear off any more donations from companies like Google, which had previously donated $1,000 to his campaign.
“Not accepting any more money”
“The moment that we got done, and I think it was something that I was watching on Fox News, I texted my chief and I said, ‘Hey, have we ever taken money from any of these companies? Because I don’t know if you watched Tucker Carlson last night, but he kind of went after Jim Jordan, he kind of went after [Republican Rep. Jim] Sensenbrenner [of Wisconsin] for taking money from Google.'” Steube recalled.
After learning of the Google donation, he said he informed his staff that “we’re not accepting any more money from any of these companies.”
Carlson spoke for many critics of tech firms during his interview with Jordan, denouncing the perceived legislative inaction to limit their increasing power.
“Lawmakers are tasked with running the country and passing our laws, by definition, and these companies operate with a special carve-out provided them by Congress and Congress has never done anything to rein them in,” he said.
Following Steube’s lead by declining any future political donations from this group of highly influential companies might be a small first step, but it would represent a step in the right direction.