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- Google Grants Special Access to Obama Campaign, Denies it to Republicans - June 19, 2011
- Google Makes Moves to Monopolize Travel Search - February 16, 2011
- Obama Administration Wrong on Energy Policy - February 15, 2011
The connections between the Obama administration and Google are both far-ranging and well documented by a number of media sources. (Here’s an example. And here. And here. And here.) The latest example of the cozy relationship between the two is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows.
When a National Republican Senatorial Committee staffer noticed that Real Clear Politics was running Obama campaign ads on a new Google advertising platform, she got in touch with Google to see if they could also use the platform.
The new platform would be a boon to campaigns, which allows advertisers to be charged every time Google collects an email address based on that ad — a highly valuable piece of information in the digital campaign age.
The response to the NRCC staffer? Politico reports:
The saleswoman, Sirene Abou-Chakra, replied by suggesting that Obama had a special deal.
“This is a pre-alpha product that is being released to a select few clients,” she wrote in an email, referring to the first stage of a product’s roll-out. “I’d be happy to get you into the beta if you’re interested.”
A similar email went out to at least one other Republican digital media firm, a Republican source said.
How does that make the situation better? It seems to make it worse. Maybe one team give the Dems good deals and the other gives the GOP bad deals! But because they never talk to each other they never find out (and never have to consciously decide to favor one party over the other–or decide whether to blow the whistle on those who do). Maybe only the Obama supporters at the top of Google know, and they approve.