Rep. Ken Buck Makes a Campaign Pledge Against Big Tech Companies

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Posted: Mar 25, 2021 11:30 AM
Rep. Ken Buck Makes a Campaign Pledge Against Big Tech Companies

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Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, said on Wednesday that he will no longer accept donations from big technology companies, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon. He previously received contributions from political action committees (PACs) tied to Google and Amazon.

“Starting today, I will no longer accept campaign donations from Facebook, Google, or Amazon. I WILL hold Big Tech accountable,” Buck, a vocal opponent of Big Tech, wrote in a tweet.

The outspoken Republican lawmaker said that large technology corporations have to be held to account for their “anti competitive” and “monopolistic” practices. Buck has led the charge among House Republicans in advocating for antitrust reform and accountability measures for Big Tech corporations.

"As the lead Republican on the antitrust subcommittee working to hold Big Tech accountable for their anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior, I cannot continue to accept campaign donations from Facebook, Google, or Amazon," Buck said, via Axios.

As ranking member on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Buck worked with Democrat counterpart David Cicilline (D-RI) to introduce legislation protecting smaller media outlets from the "monopolistic power of Big Tech."

“One of the bedrock values of our country is a free press, but we have seen thousands of news organizations crushed by the monopolistic power of Big Tech,” Buck said of the legislation. “This bipartisan bill is an important start to remedying the results of Google, Facebook, and other’s anticompetitive conduct toward local news outlets, conservative media, and other news organizations.”

Buck is the first Republican lawmaker to publicly commit to rejecting campaign donations from Big Tech companies.