Republicans have filed a formal complaint against Google with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) over allegations the tech giant unfairly censored GOP fundraising emails.
Context: A North Carolina State University study found that throughout the 2020 election cycle Gmail allowed the majority of emails from Democrats into users’ inboxes, while more than two-thirds of emails from Republicans were filtered into spam folders.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) estimated that conservative candidates missed out on $2 billion in contributions because their emails were routed to spam folders.
What Happened: On April 26, Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) filed a complaint with the FEC over Google’s alleged censorship.
What It Means: The Republicans have accused Google of deliberately using anti-Republican tactics to sway election results.
Google “made illegal, corporate in-kind contributions to the Biden campaign and Democrat candidates across the country by its overwhelmingly – and indefensibly – disproportionate suppression of Republican candidate emails.” (per The Hill)
What Google Says: Google has previously rejected the findings of the North Carolina State University study.
What Republicans Say: A joint statement from RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, NRSC Chair Rick Scott and NRCC Chair Tom Emmer said, “This is a financially devastating example of Silicon Valley tech companies unfairly shaping the political playing field to benefit their preferred far-left candidates. Companies like Google don’t think you have the right to hear both sides: they’d rather make the decision for you.” (per The Hill)