Google Emerges As Financial Sponsor Behind Tech Giants' Anti-Trump Crusade

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier today, we explained why billionaire Democrat, and Clinton supporter, George Soros is the likely source of funding behind the rapidly spreading  - and costly - Trump "Muslim Ban" lawsuits.

Moments ago, we found the other "source of funds" missing link in the ongoing anti-Trump executive order campaign. As Bloomberg reports, the company footing bill for the legal brief signed by more than 120 mostly tech companies that oppose President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, is none other than the Company which offered Hillary Clinton its "strategic plan" to help Democrats win the election, and track voters, and which hired former Clinton Foundation CEO, Eric Braverman: Google (technically, its parent company Alphabet).

Eventually, the funding - which should be a nominal matter for most of the tech giants who are on a crusade to keep cheap H1-B workers - may end up being distributed: other companies have offered to fund a share of the fee, Bloomberg writes, and Alphabet, which coordinated the effort, plans to accept the offers. However, for now  it's only Alphabet who is paying Washington, D.C.-based law firm Mayer Brown LLP to handle the friend-of-the-court brief.

The rest of the story is familiar, as per our earlier report, only instead of only 97 companies, the list has since grown to 128.

The tech companies emphasized the economic and social contribution made by immigrants in their arguments filed Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The companies support a lawsuit by the states of Washington and Minnesota seeking to stop Trump’s executive order. Apple Inc., Airbnb Inc., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Tesla Inc. Intel Corp., Lyft Inc., Netflix Inc., Snap Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. are among the technology companies that participated. Businesses beyond the tech industry who signed on include Levi Strauss & Co. and yogurt maker Chobani.

“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” the brief states. “America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”

So far Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet in his interaction with the rebellious tech giants, whom he invted one month ago to the Trump Tower as president-elect to lay the ground rules for interaction. Frankly, it would be a surprise, if he let the growing rumble of Silicon Valley discontent continue without at least opining about it on twitter at least once. For now, however, Trump is more focused on making the choice for America clear: either you are with my executive order, or if there is a terrorist attack, blame the judicial system as he once again tweeted just moments ago.

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shankster's picture

We turned the channel as soon as their Super Bowl commercial came on yesterday.

HedgeJunkie's picture


I don't even know which button turns the idiot box on any more.

Hubbs's picture

How many of the immigrants who founded these tech giants, or for that matter any corporation employing skilled/ H1-B visas, came to this country legally vs illegally?

sun tzu's picture

How many came from Yemen or Somalia?

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Never trust a Pakistani

rlouis's picture

So, the alphabet company, aka CIA is funding this?

wisefool's picture

Who would have thunk some kids working on bublesort 2.0 (1980s era search engine tech) could have bootstrapped themselves to the biggest brand in the world. Untill facebook came along.

They did not get a 1 million dollar loan from their dad like donald trump did. They might have got some money from big brother. But we don't talk about that in polite company.


20-20 Hindsight's picture

It's good to know that some major U.S. corporations aren't buying the Trumpist paranoia and actually have the wherewithal to stand up to the Big Orange's bullshit.

847328_3527's picture
California Is Home To 15 Of 20 Wealthiest Cities Nationwide, Site Finds


These are a good target for Trump to giv enotice things are about to change there if they keep tearing America apart.

Midas's picture

Mortgage interest rate deduction capped at loan values $400,000 or less.   OH SHIT!  That's all the blue states that love to share with the downtrodden!

shankster's picture

Google is a dinosaur.

BlindMonkey's picture

anti-trust in 3...2...1....

Neochrome's picture

If you're a thief, it's your "duty" to break the law.

Google’s chairman says he is “proud” of the way his company avoids paying taxes.

“It’s called capitalism,” Eric Schmidt told Bloomberg in a Wednesday article. “We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”

Google’s effective U.S. tax rate is unclear. Citizens for Tax Justice did not analyze Google in a 2011 study because Google reports most of its profits as foreign, even though that may not be true.


William Dorritt's picture

........................AMERICANS NEED NOT APPLY...................

Silicone Valley has only two costs:


+ Labor: which they want to drive to zero with slave workers

+ Politicians: Hillary lost after promising them to eliminate US

Borders to allow in and out unlimited Slave Workers


+ According to Max Kaiser, almost all of their tech comes out of

DARPA aka the US taxpayers.


Prominent Tech CEOs

CEO Microsoft: Satya Narayana Nadella. India

CEO Google: Sundar Pichai. India

CEO Adobe: Shantanu Narayen. India

CEO Syntel: Bharat Desai. India

CTO EVP Comsast: Sree Kotay, India

CEO Twitter: Omid Kordestani. Iranian born, Google Alumni


TRUMP should charge a $100,000 processing fee pr yr  for

every H1b visa to offset the cost of the laid off US Citizen

Hubbs's picture

And doctors, don't be so smug you pansie-assed spineless wimps, your jobs will be taken too.

Ross123's picture

"TRUMP should charge a $100,000 processing fee pr yr  for

every H1b visa to offset the cost of the laid off US Citizen"

Like that idea William !!


William Dorritt's picture


....................AMERICANS NEED NOT APPLY....................................

Americans and American products are systematically discriminated against by Law.

5,000,000 Green Cards = 1 Million+ 1MM Immigrants per year legal.

0,300,000 H1Bs 3-6 years, maybe 600,000- 950,000 H1B workers in US

0,074,719 L-1 Work Visa's up to 5 years = 373,000 est in US

0,090,000 H2A seasonal

0,320,000 J1 per yr, teachers, professors, researchers, (au pair) etc. can multi-year displace US Citizens for teaching at Universities,

0,385,000 F1 Foreign Students, compete with US Citizens for the limited at Taxpayer funded Universities. Multi year

0,056,000 H2A Agricultural Workers seasonal


Note: Gov only lists stats 2010 or earlier, inexplicably.

Note: The FEDs leave the Country of Origin blank for 50% of the new Green Cards issued.

Note: There are Millions of B-1 Tourist and Business Visa holders that never leave the US


Source: US Gov Immigrant Visa – Immigration Statistics


NoPension's picture

Spotlight on Alphabet!

Wait until the axe and chainsaw wielding Cabinet is in place.

If I was a fucking Dem, I'd try to delay and drag it out too! But, the harder you make it, the worse it's going to be.

I'd be ok if Mr. President shuts Dow ALL immigration, for say... a year. Just to " figure out what the hell is going on".

squilmi's picture

I can't wait for Trump to drop the hammer on these bastards.

Ross123's picture

Why would anybody be surprised to hear Schimidt has his dirty paws all over it ? Afterall he got completely out smarted in the social media area in the campaign by a compltete newbie to the game ( trump's son-in-law). He isn't very competent even in his own area of socalled expertise.

In a sense these legal challenges are a side show. The EO only applies for 90 days. Hopefully during that time Team Trump are still be doing the review of the immigration regs and procedures --they will tighten up in areas required after the 90 days. So in the long run Schmidt / Soros & co. will only enrich a few lawyers , get the MSM all excited about nothing and life will go on.

William Dorritt's picture

Trump throwing another stick for the Media hacks and libtard tech elite to chase....

William Dorritt's picture


ALPHABET-GOOGLE = $75B, GOOGLE, YouTube, News and Information,

+ Controls Search Results

+ Google = 1 Billion search results per day, controls who is seen.

+ Jan 2008 til Oct 2015 Google Execs visited White House more than once a Week

+ Jan 2008 til April 2016, 260 people moved between WH and Google employment

+ Chairman: Eric Schmidt


Eric Schmidt, is working directly with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,

according to a memo contained within an email released by WikiLeaks.

“chairman John Podesta disclosed by WikiLeaks, an adviser wrote a memo to Clinton in 2014 that said "working relationships with Google, Facebook, Apple, and other technology companies were important to us in 2012 and should be even more important to you in 2016, given their still-ascendent positions in the culture."

Schmidt has provided funding to a tech startup called The Groundwork.

Michael Slaby, the former chief integration and innovation officer for the Obama campaign,

developed The Groundwork through a company he co-founded called Timshel.

Slaby has been tight-lipped about details of its partnership with the Clinton campaign.

The group has been paid nearly $600,000 from Hillary for America since its inception.

Sources: The Intercept, Daily Caller 11/14/2016, Wiki



Google has power to ‘control elections’, sway 10 million undecided voters to Hillary

” … we established through some very careful experiments that by favoring one candidate in search rankings Google can shift a lot of votes. More than 20 percent of undecided voters overall, and in some demographic groups up to 80 percent of undecided voters,” Epstein says.

Source: American Mirror November 1, 2016 By Kyle Olson

ReZn8r's picture

well they sure put a good fucking on Hillary didn't they. Ha the fuck ha ha.

SHADEWELL's picture


Fucking cunts choke on your own puke, mucas urine and good ole number 2 (post stool softener of course)

pigpen's picture

Make SF great again. Kill adtech media advertising model.

This needs to be a populist movement esp in bay area.

2017 is year advertisers realize ad spend is waste of money esp digital.

Nobody trusts Google, FB, Twitter and Snap numbers. They need to allow 3rd parties to measure the effectiveness which is nil.

Advertising is tax on stupid and non tech savvy.

The demo digital advertising wants to target ( wealthy and educated) have opted out of advertising. The mouth breathers who remain don't have much value.

Let's make bay area more affordable and destroy the adtech bubble.

Desktop: chrome plus ublock origin or brave

Mobile: iOS use brave

Mobile: Android Firefox with ublock origin or brave.

Whitelist ZH and

Get people involved to use adblockers. Let's make this a populist movement.

Instead of protesting Google and FB buses, people should organize mass adblock movement

mtanimal's picture

You've said a mouthful there. It has always mystified me why adtech is such huge business, then I see the morons on one form of welfare or another pissing away OPP and building up debt they will never pay. And I remember I am not in the majority. Trying to target me with ads is a total waste of money.

Can it really last forever? It doesn't seem possible, but maybe it will take a wave of blowback against these cocksuckers and their distorted business model. Economic implosion brings a good deal of rationality back to spending.

ReZn8r's picture

I've been blocking those cocksuckers for about 3 years now.

mtanimal's picture

Big surprise. Like saying the IRS supports income taxes. No shit.

None of these large internet-based companies are "American" - they are as global as the network is and don't give 2 shits about the countries they operate in. They are best treated as foreign entities and negotiated with (and protected from) accordingly. Especially the ones with intel roots.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Google: Do Only Evil

captain-nemo's picture

How involved are actually Google in the American elections?

Are Google the architects that has given the Democrats the means to fake the election results , and are Google the ones who have come up with a method how to whitewash illegal immigrants so they can produce more DNC votes?


In my view. It all seems a little more clear now.   


ps. How the hell has this company become so valuable. It produces nothing?????   

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Feb 6, 2017 11:14 PM

Google did that? I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.

Free_Market_Mafia's picture

Good bye Google, hello DuckDuck Go!

Good bye Chome, hello FireFox! 


onmail1's picture

Thumbs up to Trump

Google is a Democrats bitch

Trump should ensure that Google does not get any
govt funded ads, it appears that google was being funded thru NSA
in the garb of 'ads' and working as eyes of NSA i.e. Democrats

Let them make money from market
I believe that they spy on ppl

AlbertthePudding's picture

I guess Eric Schmidt represents the CIA faction that isn't going along with Trump and the military intelligence guys.

Manipuflation's picture

"What do you know about surfing Major? You are from God Damned New Jersey."

I always learn perspective from this Apocalypse Now clip.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Amazing how these companies can get rich off America yet they spew hatred for Americans in practically every action they commit

Hubbs's picture

You got it. The ungratefulness of these corporations who were able to become so profitable because they were able to get fertile seeding in the US, along with all these actors and celebrities Madonna e.g. Trashing the US makes me want to tear their fucking heads off.

Small Government Is Better's picture

It is time to apply Federal taxes to the funds Google has stored offshore!

After all, corporations are treated as persons, and persons must pay taxes to the IRS regardless of where they earn their income.  Since Google is the entity owning the business offshore, it is time for Google to pay taxes.

That should solve the problem of Google having more money than brains.  And, it will help with the Federal deficit, too.  

This will be a win-win situation for the IRS and for the US taxpayers!!

space junk's picture

Upvote 10,000%

best political idea in 100 years

We as American citizens need to close this oligopoly conglomerate beast that steals our privacy, photographs our homes without consent, steals and analyzes all our data, and manipulates the American culture by omission, lying, or truth-stretching in search results.  All while paying zero taxes  and being basically a de facto arm of the spooks.  Fucking bastards. 

THAT woiuld help offset the billions of dollars the globalist technazis have been stealing.  Fuck the bastards.  Reclaim democracy!  Trump was just Phase One. 


HumanMan's picture

Coincidentally enough I gave them a nice feedback this afternoon, regarding the amount of propaganda they attempt to shove down my throat on my news feed, despite me repeatedly informing the software that I was not interested in stories from huff pro, huff pro Australia, huff pro UK, wapo, CNN, CNN money, Time magazine, Der Spiegel, etc etc etc. I hadn't even heard of the Der Spiegel feather ruffling when Google served it up straight from the propagandists themselves whilst claiming to use my browsing history to tailor my feed. So what was the problem with serving up yet another ZH story, like, I don't know, how about the analysis of the Der Spiegel story? Why did Google think I needed the German left's version of events if they know I don't read anything on the MSM sites and do about half my daily browsing at this site? To those asking what their role in the elections was, that is it. I can tell you from my experience with trying to tweak this feed to do what it says on the tin (serve stories I may be interested in based on my browsing history) for months now, Google has been in the propaganda fight for some time now, albiet less quietly than many of the more vocal tech "leaders" selling us out in exchange for cheap foreign labor.

Manipuflation's picture

That is a good rant. I like it.

HumanMan's picture

Sorry. I guess I was triggered.

bamawatson's picture

lord, i mis-read your screen name
thought it was Huma Man; said dang even perv weiner reads zh

yes, excellent rant

dogismycopilot's picture

President Trump needs to move fast, and he needs to move hard.

His enemies are legion and they are becoming more emboldened as they are not finding any challenge. 

Trump supporters are feeling fatigue - but the truth is, we are in a civil war.

You must weaponize your wallet, get healthy, network in real space (no email) and support President Trump in anyway you can.



ReZn8r's picture

and be willing to give them the 5.56 pill