Facebook and Twitter employees send more than 90% of political donations to Democrats: report
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Facebook and Twitter employees have sent more than 90% of political donations to Democrats so far in 2020, according to reports.
That amount includes “all federal donations” from Facebook and Twitter employees this year based on records available through OpenSecrets.org, a research group that tracks money in politics by the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.
Employees of the two tech giants have contributed millions in individual donations and PAC donations, an analysis by conservative watchdog group Media Research Center find.
Twitter employees donated $347,270, or 98.99% of total federal donations, to Democrats, making individual donations of $200 or more. Meanwhile, just $3,556, or 1.01%, of federal donations from Twitter employees went to Republicans. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden received $66,929 from Twitter employees, or 19% of total federal employee donations.
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Facebook employees donated $2.4 million, or 91.68% of total federal donations, to Democrats with donations of $200 or more through individuals or PACS. Only $218,576, or 8.2% of all federal donations from Facebook employees, went to Republicans. Employees donated $645,152 to Biden, or 25% of total federal donations.
The two companies recently came under fire after they decided to cut back on a New York Post article that shows alleged communication between Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company.
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“While I intentionally do not link to the New York Post, I want to make it clear that this story may be verified by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” Andy Stone, director of political communications at Facebook, wrote in a Wednesday Tweeter.
Stone has worked for Facebook for over six years. He previously served as director of communications for the House Majority PAC between 2012 and 2014; press secretary for Democratic California Senator Barbara Boxer between 2011 and 2012; and press officer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) between 2009 and 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Twitter declared that his reasoning behind blocking the post was due to personal information revealed in the New York Post article, which violates the social media site’s pirated media policy.
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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who donated exclusively to Democrats in 2019, according to OpenSecrets.org, called the company’s botched rollout of the ban “unacceptable” in a Thursday tweet. Users were blocked from sharing the Post article via private message and direct tweets without explanation.
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A number of high-level Republican congressmen, including Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, along with Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Ken Bunk of Colorado, called the websites to explain their respective reasons for blocking the article. . Hawley sent a letter to both companies inviting them to testify before Congress.