Google

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    Environment

    Google is a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress, a liberal organization that supports carbon taxes. Google supports cap-and-trade policies.

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    Pro-Life

    Google is listed as a company that matches employee gifts to the Center for Reproductive Rights, an organization that advocates for abortion. Google is a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress, a liberal organization that advocates for abortion. Google is a partner of UNICEF, an organization that advocated for legal abortion to be a right for women all over the world.

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    Marriage

    Google signed on to an amicus brief in favor of the Supreme Court overturning state bans on same-sex marriage. Google also signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in favor of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage.

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    2nd Amendment Rights

    Google censors information on guns and other products from Google Shopping. Specifically, they’ve banned results related to firearms and other products that they don’t deem to be “family safe.” Google is a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress, a liberal organization that supports stricter gun control laws.

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    Education

    Google is a corporate sponsor of the Center for American Progress, an organization that supports Common Core and opposes school choice. 

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    School Choice

    Google is a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress, an organization that opposes school choice. 

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    Common Core

    Google is a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress, an organization that advocates for Common Core.

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2nd Amendment Rights

Google is censuring information on guns and other products from Google Shopping. Specifically, it has banned results related to firearms and other products that they don’t deem to be “family safe.” Until recently, gun-related products appeared with other products in search results on the shopping section. Google’s new, anti-gun policy, assigns a "family status" to all products. Products that are “non-family safe” are blocked from Google Shopping. This includes guns, ammunition and knives, as well as vehicles, tobacco and radar scramblers. Google is listed as a corporate donor of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. The Center of American Progress has proposed sweeping new restrictions on guns and is in favor of stronger gun control. (Google Corporate Website, "Family Status", support.google.com, Accessed 7/8/13) (Center for American Progress Website, https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-our-supporters/, Accessed 1/21/15) (Philip Rucker, “Liberal Think Tank Proposes Sweeping New Restrictions On Guns,” The Washington Post, 1/13/05)

Education

The education issue is broken down into two subcategories below.

Common Core - Google is listed as a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress. In June 2014, the Center for American Progress issued a report in full support of the Common Core State Standards. According to the Center for American Progress, Common Core State Standards “are one of the most important reforms to American public education in decades.” (Center For American Progress Website, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2014/06/25/92545/roadmap-for-a-successful-transition-to-the-common-core-in-states-and-districts/, Accessed 1/21/15) (Carmel Martin, Max Marchitello, and Melissa Lazarín, “Roadmap For A Successful Transition To The Common Core In States And Districts,” http://www.americanprogress.org, 6/25/14)

School Choice - Google is listed as a corporate supporter of the Center for American Progress. In 2011, the Center for American Progress called school vouchers a “weapon” that conservatives are using to “destroy the public school system.” (Center For American Progress Website, http://www.americanprogress.org/about/our-supporters/, Accessed 1/21/15) (Ruy Teixeira, “Public Opinion Snapshot: ‘Yes’ For Public School Choice, ‘No’ For Vouchers,” http://www.americanprogress.org, 8/22/11)

Environment

Google is listed as a corporate donor of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress supports a carbon tax and other liberal environmental policies. Google supported the California cap-and-trade law. Google's co-founder Sergey Brin helped raise more than $30 million to campaign against a ballot measure that would have suspended the law. (Center for American Progress Website, https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-our-supporters/, Accessed 1/21/15) (Ryan Koronowski, “A Price Is Right: Carbon Tax Has Very Broad, Bipartisan Support (Outside Of Congress),” ThinkProgress, 5/8/13) (“Inside The Times,” The New York Times, 4/14/12) (Jeffry Ball, "California's Cap-Trade Law Faces Fall Ballot Challenge," The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/10) (Jim Efstathiou Jr. & Simon Lomax, "Barclays, NRG Make First California Cap-And-Trade Deal," Bloomberg, 11/17/10)

Marriage

Google signed on to an amicus brief in favor of the Supreme Court overturning state bans on same-sex marriage. Google also signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in favor of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage. Google is listed as a corporate donor of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress applauded the Supreme Court rulings against voter-enacted gay marriage ban and DOMA.  Google received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's 2015 Corporate Equality Index and is listed as a silver partner of the HRC. (Brief of 379 Employers and Organizations as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioners, James Obergefell, et al. v. Richard Hodges et al., www.morganlewis.com, 2015) (Center for American Progress Website, https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-our-supporters/, Accessed 1/21/15) (CAP Website, http://americanprogress.org, Accessed 6/23/14) (Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, www.americanbenefitscouncil.org, 02/27/13) (Silver Partners, http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/corporate-partners/silver, Accessed 11/21/13) (HRC 2015 Corporate Equality Index, www.hrc.org, Accessed 12/5/14)

Pro-Life

Google is listed as a company that matches employee gifts to the Center for Reproductive Rights, an organization that advocates for abortion. Google is listed as a corporate donor of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress advocates for abortion and listed repeal of partial-birth abortion as “Good News.” Google is a partner of UNICEF, which, as a member of the Human Rights and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, was part of a 2006 report that recommended laws be enacted to ensure a women's right to legal abortion. (2014 Annual Report, http://www.reproductiverights.org, Accessed 5/21/15) (Center for American Progress Website, https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-our-supporters/, Accessed 1/21/15) (Center For American Progress Website, http://americanprogress.org, Accessed 1/10/13) (Center For American Progress Website, http://www.americanprogress.org, Accessed 1/10/13) (http://thinkprogress.org/tag/abortion/, Accessed 6/25/14) ("Our Corporate Partners," www.unicefusa.org, Accessed 11/21/13) (International Guidelines On HIV/AIDS And Human Rights, http://data.unaids.org/publications/irc-pub07/jc1252-internguidelines_en.pdf, Page 35, 2006)

 

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