Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, decides which bills are up for Senate vote. But with Schumer’s daughters employed by Facebook and Amazon, antitrust legislation may go the way of President Joe Biden’s popularity: down into oblivion.
According to The, Schumer, the majority leader of U.S. Senate (D-NY), controls vote timings and the selection of legislation which moves through the chamber. New York Post. The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing Big Tech legislation that would prevent platforms from favoring their own products over competitors’, and that legislation may come up for a vote soon. Schumer has not yet stated his position on the legislation. Could this be because his daughters both work at Big Tech companies?
According to New York state records, Jessica Schumer has been registered as a lobbyist for Amazon e-commerce giant. Alison Schumer, a product marketing manager at Facebook, is Alison Schumer. New York Post wrote. The two sisters’ employment, it would seem, poses a potential conflict of interest for Schumer around antitrust legislation.
“When they are on opposite sides of the divide it can make the public servant member of the family too sympathetic to the company that employs their child or family member,” Jeff Hauser of Revolving Door Project, which studies money in politics, reportedly told the New York Post. Schumer isn’t the only lawmaker who could be in a tech-related conflict. “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” reportedly told the New York Post.
The publication also has reported that the daughter of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), “one of the most vocal opponents of antitrust bills,” works for Google’s legal team.
Big Tech employees are known for being left-leaning. Facebook employees organized a campaign demanding Mark Zuckerberg be removed as CEO. Open Secrets records revealed that for “all federal candidates,” by October 2020, both Facebook and Twitter gave over 90 percent of their political contributions to Democrats for the 2020 election cycle, particularly to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Hundreds of Amazon employees demanded the platform stop selling a book that challenged the woke left’s narratives on gender identity in July 2021.
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