It was that way when Google tried to scan millions of books without permission from authors, and later tried to legitimize this grab after-the-fact by inking a licensing deal with publishers that would automatically sweep in authors. That deal was struck down in court.
It was that way when Google got caught red-handed facilitating the sale on counterfeit pharmaceuticals, not only facilitating the theft of intellectual property, but also directly endangering safety by bringing potential dangerous fake drugs into the country. Google forked over $500 million to the Department of Justice to settle the charges.
Yet the Obama administration embraced Google wholeheartedly, conducting the president's first video address on YouTube, doing Google+ chats, and tailoring procurement requests towards Google's cloud-based products.
Unsurprisingly, when the Obama team set out to take on the Herculean task of using data and technology to overcome the president's economic record, they went to Google. According to BusinessWeek, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina looked to Schmidt as a mentor. Messina explained: "For three hours we sat in a conference room, and he just gave me advice about all the mistakes he'd made, about purchasing supply chains, about HR, about the blocking and tackling of growing fast and making sure you have organizational objectives."
Schmidt's role went beyond advice. He acted as a facilitator, connecting Messina with the top talent that became the campaign's vaunted data team, and led a team of top Silicon valley executives who advised Messina on setting up the campaign's data infrastructure. On election night, Schmidt was seen smiling in the room with Obama's data team.
Now Schmidt, the CEO of a company with a record of ruthlessly expropriating what it wants, is in a position to be rewarded even more in Obama's second term.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.