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Google Sponsors Tea Party-Hosted CPAC

Aims to be present at events on both sides of the aisle this year

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Google has officially signed on as a sponsor of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC.

CPAC is an annual conference that brings together the who’s who of American conservatives – activists, radio/TV personalities, and elected officials. Other than plenty of speeches, CPAC is known for its straw poll which is thought by some to represent the overarching mood of the party (though some fail to place such a high significance on it). Last year’s straw poll winner was Ron Paul. The conference was founded in 1973.

Google is one of nine listed sponsors. The others include the American Center for Law & Justice, the American Principles Project, CitizenLink, Human Events, the National Rifle Association, The heritage FOundation, The Leadership Institute, and the Young America’s Foundation. The event has dozens more co-sponsors and specialty sponsors, and is being co-hosted by the Tea Party.

One of the main reasons that this is big news involves Google’s perceived political leanings. Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is a proud supporter of President Obama, and Google’s workforce is number three on the list of biggest sources of campaign funding for the President.

According to Bloomberg, Google says that they will have a presence at events from both sides of the aisle this campaign season. The CPAC was particularly attractive to Google because a large percentage of the attendees are young, technology users, they said.

Google also said that CPAC is a perfect chance to promote Google Politics & Elections. Google Politics & Elections is a dashboard they unveiled in January that allows users to track primary results, on-the-ground reporting, as well as find the most current news about all the candidates and issues. Google also plans to incorporate Google+ Hangouts into CPAC.

This year’s CPAC will take place on February 9-11 in Washington D.C. The confirmed speaker list is filled with nearly everyone important in conservative politics these days – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker. There are some interesting oddities as well, like actor Stephen Baldwin and TLC reality show star Michelle Duggar (the one with all the kids).

Google Sponsors Tea Party-Hosted CPAC
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  • Ron Carswell

    Do no harm disappeared with your first quarterly earnings report. You already pimped out on the single most important question on your 1st Presidential “chat”, now what???

  • john schwarzenbach

    Why bother allowing these “no nothings” have your endorsement? Sure will keep me from making an purchases on line from your advertisers (the only way I know how to make a statement to a ginormas company like “sold out” Google).

  • Michelle Waterhouse

    This is horrendous. Google is the gate keeper for many of our many dwindling American freedoms of speech and the media. To see them in bed with the antitheis of the Constitution is disturbing.

    • Bookworm

      I totally agree with Michelle. Well put!!!

  • Bookworm

    What in the world is Google’s justification for this? It’s not simply a question of different points of view being aired, when the views of the right-wing totalitarians include taking away our Constitutional rights.

  • Monna Haugen

    So now, in addition to most of our politicians, Google has sold out to the worst among us. As Christians,we need to follow our Lord Jesus in caring for everyone, especially those who need help, while these individuals and Think Tanks that Google is now supporting ignore Christ’s teaching. What selfish hypocrites!

  • John Mack

    Google is sponsoring a conference this week that features white supremacists, anti-gay activists, and one group classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “White Nationalist hate group.”

    One panel at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC is called “The Failure of Multiculturalism,” and it features the founder of a website that’s claimed:

    Black Americans have lower IQs than whites,
    Jews are partly to blame for “weakening America’s historic white majority,” and
    Multiculturalism is a “disease that is killing us.”

    So why is Google spending at least $20,000 to co-sponsor this event?

    Aimee Castenell lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and she knows what it’s like to be the target of hate speech. Her parents grew up in the Jim Crow-era South, and they were terrorized by fear, hate, and racism in every part of their lives. Aimee’s also a big fan of Google, and she couldn’t believe that Google would sponsor an event that tolerates white supremacy and hate speech.

    Aimee started a petition on Change.org calling on Google to denounce the white supremacist hate speech featured at CPAC, and for the company to donate $20,000 – the sum it donated to CPAC – to causes that advance tolerance and equality.

    Click here to sign Aimee’s petition to Google now.

    When asked why it was sponsoring an event like this, Google replied that it wanted to reach “young people who are savvy about technology,” according to Bloomberg News. But some of those young people attending CPAC have also advanced white supremacist ideas. One group, called “Youth for Western Civilization,” has even claimed that white people were the victims of apartheid in South Africa.

    Aimee wants Google to quickly distance itself from the white supremacists that are attending CPAC. The last thing a major company like Google wants is to be associated with this kind of hate speech — if enough people sign Aimee’s petition, the company will feel the pressure and take action to correct its error in sponsoring this conference.

    Click here to sign Aimee’s petition asking Google to condemn CPAC’s hate speech and donate its sponsorship fee to promote tolerance and equality.

  • Huskersippi

    Pretty clear Google is now under their thumb since the senate flipped on SOPA and PIPA and saved the internet (GOOGLE) from being dismantled. What a freaking joke …. Why does EVERYONE have to sell their souls for the almighty dollar??!!!!!

  • Faye Dangerfield

    I must figure out a way to have nothing to do with Google. I will not use anything affiliated with them. I will not use their search engine. I know that this old dog must learn a new way of being.This is terrible. I am flabbergasted. I feel victimized.

  • Brendiux

    I just used Google to search for this…

    (-_^)

    Google, Don’t be evil

  • matt

    I’m done with Google after hearing this. Their new lack of privacy policy was bad enough, but to see them throwing their support behind a convention that caters to the most extreme hate mongering elements of the Republican Party is too much. Last year’s CPAC was boycotted by several prominent Republicans because one of its sponsors was a group of gay Republicans. This year that gay Republican group was disinvited so those other groups returned — along with anti-Semites and white supremacists. White supremacists! Google is now pandering to militant racists! Un-freaking-believable.