The Big Tech witch hunts escalated earlier this week after The Federalist and Zero Hedge were subject to demonetization at the hands of Google.
Conservative outlet, The National Pulse, was able to gain access to an exclusive leak of the list of think thanks and activists who google lobbyist Max Pappas had been in touch with.
Pappas was hired by Google back in 2017 and was in charge of the Tech company’s damage control messaging in the wake of this incident.
The email Pappas sent out can be viewed below:
The National Pulse noted that the email addresses in the email that Pappas sent out have been redacted.
The people featured in the list are members of establishment conservative organizations which frequently ask Middle American conservatives for donations, while spreading Big Tech talking points, and/or receiving money from Big Tech companies which continues to shutdown conservative speech online.
The Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, R Street, the Competitive Enterprise Institute were among the organizations named.
A number of these influencers took to Google’s defense, or used Google’s talking points regarding the demonetization story when news surfaced about Google’s behavior.
— Mark Jamison (@drj_policy) June 16, 2020
Another member of AEI, James Pethokoukis, published an article on the AEI website cheering on Google’s actions and asserting that “the ongoing conservative alarm about anti-conservative [sic] bias by America’s tech titans continues to fail that test [of reality]”.
However, the National Pulse noted that “Big Tech’s bias against conservatives is well documented.”
Julian Sanchez, who contributes at CATO and Reason magazine, stated “only conservative sites whine publicly about it, because other sites aren’t nursing a martyr complex.”
Only conservative sites whine publicly about it, because other sites aren’t nursing a martyr complex and the accurate belief that they can win traffic and attention by whining ever more loudly and piteously about the same treatment everyone else is well accustomed to. https://t.co/hNTcOqBdRX
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) June 16, 2020
CATO’s Matthew Feeney, the director of the think-tank’s “Emerging Technologies” project, attacked Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Senator Tom Cotton, while also coming to Google’s defense.
…which would lead to less conservative speech.
— Matthew Feeney (@M_feeney) June 17, 2020
These are just a few of the individuals who are willingly carrying water for Big Tech.
The National Pulse’s comprehensive breakdown of the situation can be found here.
The following people are those who were included in the Google email:
|Jennifer Huddleston||American Action Forum|
|Douglas Holtz-Eakin||American Action Forum|
|Sarah Hale||American Action Forum|
|Scott Fyall||American Enterprise Institute|
|Windle Jarvis||American Enterprise Institute|
|Matt Au||American Enterprise Institute|
|Michael Strain||American Enterprise Institute|
|Claude Barfield||American Enterprise Institute|
|Roslyn Layton||American Enterprise Institute|
|Jason Bertsch||American Enterprise Institute|
|Gus Hurwitz||American Enterprise Institute|
|Mark Jamison||American Enterprise Institute|
|Daniel Lyons||American Enterprise Institute|
|Bret Swanson||American Enterprise Institute|
|Shane Tews||American Enterprise Institute|
|James Pethokoukis||American Enterprise Institute|
|Bartlett Cleland||Innovation Economy Alliance|
|Brent Gardner||Americans for Prosperity|
|Billy Easley||Americans for Prosperity|
|Grover Norquist||Americans for Tax Reform|
|Katie McAuliffe||Americans for Tax Reform|
|Christopher Butler||Americans for Tax Reform|
|Lorenzo Montanari||Americans for Tax Reform|
|Alexander Hendrie||Americans for Tax Reform|
|Jeff Roe||Axiom Strategies|
|Norm Singleton||Campaign for Liberty|
|Julian Sanchez||CATO Institute|
|David Boaz||CATO Institute|
|Matthew Feeney||CATO Institute|
|Peter Van Doren||CATO Institute|
|Ike Brannon||CATO Institute|
|Walter Olson||CATO Institute|
|John Samples||CATO Institute|
|Alan Reynolds||CATO Institute|
|Tom Firey||CATO Institute|
|Harrison Moar||CATO Institute|
|Jesse Blumenthal||Charles Koch Institute|
|Neil Chilson||Charles Koch Institute|
|Taylor Barkley||Charles Koch Institute|
|Curt Levey||Committee for Justice|
|Ashley Baker||Committee for Justice|
|Phil Kerpen||American Commitment|
|Kent Lassman||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Wayne Crews||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Jessica Melugin||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Iain Murray||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Patrick Hedger||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Christopher Koopman||Growth Opportunity|
|Will Rinehart||Growth Opportunity|
|Dean Reuter||Federalist Society|
|Jon Staab||Federalist Society|
|Devon Westhill||Federalist Society|
|Alexander Biermann||Federalist Society|
|David Barnes||Americans for Prosperity|
|Tim Chapman||Heritage Action|
|Josh Arnold||Heritage Action|
|Amber Schwartz||Independent Women’s Forum|
|Carrie Lukas||Independent Women’s Forum|
|Patrice Onwuka||Independent Women’s Forum|
|Nicole Neily||Speech First|
|Tom Giovanetti||Institute for Policy Innovation|
|Wayne Brough||Innovation Defense|
|Aaron Ginn||Lincoln Network|
|Garrett Johnson||Lincoln Network|
|Zach Graves||R Street|
|Ryan Radia||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|William Upton||Lincoln Network|
|Charles Sauer||Market Institute|
|Adam Thierer||Mercatus Institute|
|Brent Skorup||Mercatus Center|
|Anne Hobson||Mercatus Institute|
|Andrea Castillo||Mercatus Institute|
|Matthew Mitchell||Mercatus Institute|
|Andrew Moylan||National Taxpayers Union|
|Brandon Arnold||National Taxpayers Union|
|Pete Sepp||National Taxpayers Union|
|Genevieve McCarthy||National Taxpayers Union|
|Joe Coon||Niskanen Center|
|Jerry Taylor||Niskanen Center|
|Will Wilkinson||Niskanen Center|
|Brink Lindsey||Niskanen Center|
|Mike Godwin||R Street|
|Eli Lehrer||R Street|
|Thomas Struble||R Street|
|Arthur Rizer||R Street|
|Caleb Watney||R Street|
|Shoshana Weissmann||R Street|
|Charles Duan||R Street|
|Kevin Kosar||R Street|
|Peter Suderman||Reason Foundation|
|Berin Szoka||Tech Freedom|
|Dan Benavente||Tech Freedom|
|Ian Adams||Internation Center for Law & Economics|
|Ashkhen Kazaryan||Tech Freedom|
|Jim Dunstan||Tech Freedom|
|Scott Wallsten||Tech Policy Institute|
|Tom Lenard||Tech Policy Institute|
|Glenn Lammi||Washington Legal Foundation|
|Cory Andrews||Washington Legal Foundation|
|Casey Given||Young Voices|
|John O McGinnis||Federalist Society|
|William Shughart||The Independent Institute|
|Lindsay Craig||National Review Institute|
|Andrea O’Sullivan||James Madison Institute|
|Sal Nuzzo||James Madison Institute|
|Rea Henderman||Buckeye Institute|
|Robert Alt||Buckeye Institute|
|Asheesh Agarwal||Tech Freedom|
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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