Google says PAC won’t fund members of Congress in opposition to election outcomes

Sundar Pichai

Source: CNBC

Google’s political action committee will not fund members of Congress who voted against the presidential election results, CNBC confirmed on Monday evening.

“Following the troubling events at the Capitol, NetPAC paused all posts while a review was in progress,” a Google spokesman said in a statement emailed to CNBC. “Following this review, the NetPAC Board of Directors has decided that it will not contribute this cycle to a member of Congress who has voted against the confirmation of the election results.”

Axios first reported on the financing break.

Last week, tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft announced that they would be pausing their political action committees’ posts following the deadly January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol. The insurgents planned to post election results to high-profile Congressmen and former President Donald Trump falsely claiming a “stolen” election.

Google’s PAC donated to Senator Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign in 2017 and 2018.

Many of his Republican allies in Congress said they would protest against the acceptance of voters from states that gave Biden his profit margin.

The company allowed some of the same lawmakers and Trump to recite election fraud lies on Google’s own YouTube until Jan. 7, after the uprising. Trump’s YouTube home page is still automatically playing a 46-minute video with false allegations of election fraud. It’s been active for a month and has nearly 6 million views.

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