Muckety
 
 
 
 
 

Google casts wide net in think tank support

By Laurie Bennett

April 17, 2014 at 8:10am

Like the comprehensive search engine it aims to be, Google covers all political bases when it comes to think tank funding.

The company donates to centrist think tanks such as the Brookings Institution and the Aspen Institute, as well as politicized organizations on both the right and the left.

Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt

The interactive Muckety map above shows its broad range of support, from the conservative, anti-Obama Heritage Foundation to the liberal, pro-Obama Center for American Progress.

Google also sent money to several think tanks with ties to the Koch brothers, including the Cato Institute and Mercatus Center.

The modern influence game is not so much about aligning with one party or another, but in shaping ideas that affect business.

As the Washington Post noted last week, Google has also financed discussions on topics such as Internet search competition.

The Post analyzed Google’s voluntary disclosure of its spending and found that the company contributes to almost 140 think tanks, trade groups and advocacy organizations. It does not disclose amounts.

One of think tanks receiving support from Google is the New America Foundation, which is chaired by company CEO Eric Schmidt.

The foundation focuses on problems of the “21st Century information-age economy.” Other companies supporting New America include Citi, Netflix and Warburg Pincus.

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Business · Recent Stories · Think tanks  

0 Comments

  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

    More stories →

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
      
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC