Google: MoveOn.org's Million-dollar Sugar Daddy

More grist for the media-corporations-are-conservative crowd, proving that life is a little more complicated than Noam Chomsky preaches:

"This is how poisonous it's gotten in Washington," says a consulting
lobbyist for a broadcast network. "You have Republicans taking money
from companies and firms working to end their control of Congress, and
even worse, working with outfits like MoveOn.org. And they are taking
this money to not only help groups dedicated to defeating Republicans,
but also for legislation that would regulate the Internet." [...]

What
makes [Republican lobbyist Vin] Weber's cynical support of the
legislation even worse, say Republican Hill staffers, is that his
activities also aid MoveOn.org, the extremist, left-wing organization,
which is now being financially backed by Google so that MoveOn can help
Google with "Net Neutrality." Google has become the single largest
private corporate underwriter of MoveOn. According to sources in the
Democrat National Committee, MoveOn has received more than $1 million
from Google and its lobbyists in Washington to create grassroots
support for the Internet regulation legislation. Some of that money has
gone to an online petition drive and a letter-writing campaign, but the
majority of that money is being used to fund their activities against
Republicans out in the states.

For example, MoveOn is said
by one DNC source to have funneled at least $100,000 "Net Neutrality"
money to its operations in Pennsylvania (where MoveOn is organizing
against Sen. Rick Santorum). It has also sent funds to Florida, Ohio,
and Missouri.

MoveOn is also using the funds to help
Democrats, including House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.
Maria Cantwell of Washington state. "A month ago, Representative Pelosi
didn't know what Net Neutrality was, then she heard that Google and
other Silicon Valley firms wanted it. Now it's one of her top issues.
What Silicon Valley wants, Silicon Valley gets," says a House Democrat
leadership staffer.

"You have to wonder when conservatives
will wake up and realize what is happening here," says a House
Republican leadership aide. "You have this unholy alliance between
Google and MoveOn and groups like the Christian Coalition. I mean how
is it the Christian Coalition can help a company like Google, which
makes money off of online pornography? Conservatives ought to be very
concerned about this situation, but they don't seem to get it. And
perhaps by the time they do, it will be too late."

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013