Google is announcing that it is creating a political action committee named Google NetPAC. Google’s political activities have been an embarrassment to the company in the past year as almost all donations from the corporation’s executives flow to Democrats or extreme-left wing causes, and money Google has used to fund Internet industry activities have gone almost exclusively to groups like MoveOn.org.
To blunt this criticism, Google hired a former Bush Administration official for its Washington office, and created the impression that she would be directing Washington policy. Apparently that was simply a ruse, because well-known Democrat, Alan Davidson, Google’s Washington policy counsel, has created the impression in the media that he will oversee the PAC. So much for Google’s outreach to Republicans.