IAP Calls on Jordan, Issa to Stop Sabotaging Bills to Rein in Big Tech

June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Following the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of six bipartisan bills to rein in Big Tech’s abusive, censorial and anticompetitive practices, Mike Davis, founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project, called on Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to stop sabotaging the only serious effort in Congress to break up Big Tech monopolies and to cease accepting donations from their Big Tech benefactors.

Davis’ call follows criticisms from Jordan and Issa of bipartisan legislation led by anti-Big Tech warrior Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Lance Gooden (R-Texas), Chip Roy (R-Texas), Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), Burgess Owens (R-Utah), and Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.). At the markup, Jordan and Issa spoke out against legislation championed by other conservatives, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), as well as 52 state attorneys general.

“Reps. Jordan and Issa are simply seeking to buy time for their Big Tech benefactors by throwing sand in the gear of this bipartisan legislative process. They made every excuse in the book to vote ‘no’ on nearly every single bill. It’s clear they are only interested in standing in the way of meaningful reforms. It’s no coincidence their talking points match Big Tech’s; after all, they are on Google’s informal payroll. Reps. Jordan and Issa need to stop their foot-dragging and get out of the way if they refuse to be a part of the solution. Several House Republicans announced they will no longer accept Big Tech donations—why won’t Reps. Jordan and Issa join them? The time for talking the talk but failing to walk the walk is over. Reps. Jordan and Issa have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Tech. It’s no surprise they’re carrying Big Tech’s water. Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are silently cheering on the Jordan-Issa effort to stop real antitrust, Section 230 and data privacy reforms. Big Tech banned President Trump and other conservatives from exercising their free speech rights on their platforms. The response from Reps. Jordan and Issa has been weak and ineffective and their voters are wising up.”

IAP is a nonprofit conservative advocacy group that holds Big Tech accountable for engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses and anticompetitive conduct. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges.

More information on Davis and IAP can be found here.

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