POLITICO Influence: Conservative Antitrust Group Boosts GOP Supporters

March 14, 2022

POLITICO Influence

FIRST IN PI — CONSERVATIVE ANTITRUST GROUP BOOSTS GOP SUPPORTERS: Conservative antitrust group Internet Accountability Project is launching a digital ad buy today praising Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.) for their support for antitrust bills targeting the likes of Meta, Google, Amazon and Apple. The group, which has received funding from Google rival Oracle, is dropping mid-five figures on the ads, which will run in the senators’ home states.

— The spots argue that the tech giants have amassed “too much power,” which they’re using to “crush competition, shutter small businesses, and cancel conservatives” — accusations the companies have rejected. The ads thank Grassley and Graham for “supporting key antitrust reforms to rein” tech companies in, and follow previous ad blitzes by the group praising fellow Republican Sens.John Kennedy of Louisiana, Josh Hawleyof Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas for voting to advance a pair of tech antitrust bills out of the Judiciary Committee earlier this year.

— GOP support for antitrust legislation is crucial for the bills to meet the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, a measure of support that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumerhas told antitrust advocates the bills must reach before he’ll put them on the floor, especially with several Democratic senators signaling concerns. “The clock is ticking to pass Big Tech antitrust legislation this Congress,” Mike Davis, IAP’s founder and president, said in a statement, alluding to the looming midterm elections.

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