More unsavory ties to Big Tech uncovered as Schumer sits on antitrust legislation

Questions about Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer being in a position of responsibility on whether to pursue antitrust legislation against Big Tech are not new, but a new report is bringing those concerns back to the front page.

In the face of the Democratic leader putting the brakes on the bills, the New York Post reported dozens and dozens of former Schumer staffers have been employed by Big Tech firms, citing publicly available filings of congressional staffers on LegiStorm, an online repository of data about congressional staffers and their compensation.

“More than 80 former paid staffers of the longtime New York lawmaker have leveraged their time with Schumer to secure prestigious jobs, working directly with companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple,” the newspaper reported.

An analysis of approximately 600 former paid Schumer staffers over the last 20 years was done, cross-referencing their employment history with publicly available lobbying registration data, LinkedIn profiles and company websites, the article noted.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in January to move The U.S. Internet Innovation and Choice Act and the Open Marketplace Apps Act forward, according to the Post, but both bills aimed at cracking down on Big Tech await Schumer’s blessing for a full Senate vote.

“Schumer doesn’t want to bring the bills to the floor,” said Matt Stoller, an antitrust expert and Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project. “If he brings them to the floor they’ll pass – if you want to kill this legislation without being overt you’d just stop it from being put up for a vote.”

The report comes on the heels of another from the Post that the liberal media has shown little interest in, which is that both of Schumer’s daughters are employed by the companies he’s supposed to be reining in.

Jessica Schumer’s New York state records list her as a registered lobbyist at Amazon, while Alison Schumer works at Facebook as a product marketing manager.

“When you put together the amount of money Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi made off tech with the fact that leader Schumer’s two kids work for giant tech companies, Democrats are going to have a very hard time explaining if major legislation doesn’t move forward this session,” a progressive operative told the paper in January.

“It’s not just a messaging problem,” the source continued. “It also raises substantive concerns. If you were a judge with a kid who worked for Facebook, you’d recuse yourself from the case.”

Schumer’s office moved to downplay the connection.

“If The Post wants to run a story about some ‘list’ related to Senator Schumer and tech, start with the one I provided detailing endless consumer wins, tough antitrust policies and legislative actions that defy, disprove and dropkick any notion of ‘outside influence,’” spokesman Angelo Roefaro said, giving the newspaper a list of actions the senator has taken to protect consumers.

The filling of a couple of key positions with anti-Big Tech candidates was also cited, but some are suggesting that Schumer has his eye on the midterm elections and does not want to “ruffle the feathers of his Big Tech benefactors,” according to the Post, which pointed to public filings to share that Google employees and the company’s PAC have donated around $200,000 to Schumer this election cycle.

“Schumer is the only person standing in the way of bipartisan legislation regulating Google, Apple, and Amazon,” a former Senate staffer said. “Given the staffers who work in Big Tech and money he’s raised from Big Tech there are deep concerns as to why he won’t move these bills forward.”

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Glenn
Glenn
3 days ago

Ever notice how progressives and democrats constantly vilify big evil corporations the ones not paying their mythical “fair share”? Yet it seems these staffers have no qualms about leaving Washington and joining in with the evil corporations. I guess the only corporations which are bad are the ones actually producing a product such as energy, food
cars etc…. But they do get a pass if they have close enough ties to Red China.
So Schumer has a daughter who is a lobbyist for Amazon? Now what do lobbyists do if not seek special dispensations for the company they represent, exemptions from laws, government money, tax breaks for example.

Kevin
Kevin
3 days ago

The corrupt face of the evil one

Carol Austin
Carol Austin
3 days ago

Schumer is a smuck. Always has been and will die a smuck. I can’t even stand seeing him on the news or hear his hateful voice. He looks nasty and demonic.

Alabot
Alabot
3 days ago

The worst.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 days ago

Dems & RINOs are IN ON Big Tech

Carol Austin
Carol Austin
3 days ago

That’s how they get so filthy rich. Selling out America.

nmgringo
nmgringo
3 days ago

“Schumer is the only person standing in the way of bipartisan legislation regulating Google, Apple, and Amazon,”
With two daughters working for big tech……..Sounds like the epitome of “Conflict of Interest”!

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