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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier 365

HonorPoncaCityDotCom writes "Alex Altman reports at Time Magazine that Google recently hosted a fundraiser for Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the Senate's most conservative Republicans and a staunch opponent of EPA regulations. Inhofe authored a treatise called 'The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,' thinks the Bible disproves global warming, and once denounced the 'arrogance' of scientists who suggest that 'we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate.' What prompted Google to host a fund raiser where attendees shelled out up to $2,500 for lunch with Inhofe? A data center that Google operates in Pryor, Oklahoma. 'Google runs a significant operation that provides around 100 jobs,' says Rusty Appleton, Inhofe's campaign manager. 'The Senator had an opportunity to tour the facilities in May of last year, and is committed to ensuring that Oklahoma remains a great place to do business.' A Google spokesperson says the company regularly hosts fundraisers for candidates of all stripes, even when Google disagrees with some of their policies — as it does with Inhofe on climate change. This explanation didn't wash with the activists outside Google's D.C. headquarters near K Street. "
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

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  • In today's news... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by crashcy ( 2839507 ) on Friday July 12, 2013 @01:05PM (#44262633)
    Corporation places self-interest over popular hot-button issue. Stay tuned for more.
  • Out of touch much? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by siphonophore ( 158996 ) on Friday July 12, 2013 @01:15PM (#44262743)

    When Google lobbies one right winger, it's news to Slashdot? Is anyone here aware that his views are shared with a significant portion of the population? This isn't David Duke's final term, this guy is mainstream.

    He's probably wrong about Global Warming, I'll grant that. But I daydream about one day when the coin is flipped and Google's lobbying of a left winger (who's antipathy toward free enterprise and economic globalism lead to more human suffering around the world than that of a global warming denier) is shocking news.

  • Re:Don't be evil... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TWX ( 665546 ) on Friday July 12, 2013 @02:30PM (#44263597)
    Okay, what do they want that they have to set up shop in Oklahoma to get it?

    Can they not afford the installation if they're not subsidized?

    Why not just avoid Oklahoma, or is this an attempt to get something at a federal level and this is basically a combination of campaign contributions and lobbying?

    Which brings us back to "Don't be evil" again...

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