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Valley of the Dems: Democrats Out to Control Silicon Valley, Demand Equity Audits.

Consultants Backed by Liberal Mega Donors are Infiltrating Big Tech.


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Key Points

  • Democrats have been pushing equity audits on America’s biggest companies —especially Big Tech.
  • The “independent auditors” usually end up being former Democratic staffers backed by liberal mega donor money.
  • Democrats like Cory Booker are discussing mandated equity audits for Big Tech; failure to comply would result in a fine.

How’s this sound: mandatory equity audits for Big Tech companies conducted by “diversity, equity, and inclusion” consultants who are former Democratic staffers and backed by liberal mega donors. Companies that don’t comply will be fined.

If that doesn’t worry you, it should. This is the Democrats’ latest plan to control Big Tech.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, politicians and progressive donors are conducting equity audits in some of America’s biggest companies in the name of racial justice —but that’s not really what they end up getting.

“In practice, equity auditors often push companies to hire more left-wing activists and former Democratic party officials, often from the auditing organizations themselves. The audits also call for the abolition of standards of ‘merit’ and the ability for a special executive to veto any company project,” WFB reports.

So what we have is Democratic staffers walking into America’s biggest companies and, essentially, telling them how to run the place. Merit gets tossed to the curb and special executives can exercise veto power over any project that’s not in line with their equity goals.

What could go wrong?

Back in June Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Alphabet Inc., parent company of YouTube and Google, urging them to conduct a racial equity audit. Now, they’re trying to pass legislation to make these audits mandatory.

“At [the] hearing hosted by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, members discussed the Diversity and Inclusion Data Accountability and Transparency Act, sponsored by Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio),” The Hill reported at the time. “The legislation would require companies to have biennial independent audits of their policies and practices pertaining to civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion.”

“The hearing also included discussion of draft legislation that would build on Beatty’s bill by subjecting firms to fines of $20,000 a day for not conducting a racial equity audit.”

Last week, the idea of equity audits for Big Tech gathered more steam as Color of Change president Rashad Robinson testified before congress, calling for “independent auditors” to vet any and all new products from companies like Alphabet, Meta, and more.

“Congress faces restrictions when it comes to regulating speech, but you are well within your authority to protect people against Big Tech design features that amplify or exploit content that is clearly harmful to the public,” Robinson said.

So don’t regulate speech but…regulate speech.

Color of Change successfully pushed Facebook to conduct racial equity audits in 2018 with the goal of minimizing then-President Trump’s posts. They also pushed to have him banned from the platform. After the audit, Facebook hired former Obama administration Justice Department official Roy Austin Jr to lead the company’s civil rights strategy.

How long before Silicon Valley becomes the Valley of the Dems? How long before social media platforms become pulpits for the progressive agenda?