IAP Statement on President Biden’s Nominees to the Federal Trade Commission

July 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — Mike Davis, Founder and President of the Internet Accountability Project, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden nominated Andrew Ferguson and Melissa Holyoak to serve as commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission.

“Andrew Ferguson is a fantastic pick for the Federal Trade Commission. He is the Virginia Solicitor General and has served as the tip of the spear to hold Google accountable for its illegal monopolization of the online advertising market, which is the lifeblood that Big Tech uses to censor, silence, deplatform, and cancel conservatives and others with whom they disagree. Andrew is also a former colleague and friend who helped President Trump transform the federal judiciary, including a leading Senate role in the confirmations of Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Barrett. The Internet Accountability Project strongly endorses Andrew’s nomination.

“Melissa Holyoak has impressive legal credentials and a strong conservative track record including using consumer protection laws to fight back against ESG madness. While Holyoak does not have the Big Tech antitrust track record that Ferguson does, IAP is cautiously optimistic that Holyoak understands the critical job of the federal antitrust law enforcers is to protect the free market from the blatant market abuses of trillion-dollar Big Tech monopolists Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

“The two current antitrust lawsuits against Google prove you can hold Big Tech accountable while upholding the consumer welfare standard,” said Davis.

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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