Founder and President of the Media Research Center (MRC) Brent Bozell released a separate statement regarding the pledge to reject money from these Silicon Valley corporations.
“We are calling on everyone in Washington to publicly declare, as Heritage and others have already done, that henceforth they will not accept any toxic funding from Big Tech; or, if they do, that they will recuse themselves from the Big Tech censorship debate,” Bozell wrote. “The example must be set by us, so it begins with this call to the conservative movement ourselves. We are sending this pledge to all conservative organizations and leaders and urging them to sign it. We must act together to end Silicon Valley’s corrupt grip over Washington and our public discourse.”
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, recently announced that they had refused two six-figure contributions from Google and Facebook. The organizations that signed this pledge are following in their footsteps, fighting against toxic Big Tech money that is only given in an attempt to buy influence.
Here is the full letter asking conservative leaders to reject Big Tech money:
Dear Conservative leader,
Big Tech has gone too far and its abuses are corrupting our government and elections. We members of the Free Speech Alliance call on every conservative leader and organization to reject any financial support from Big Tech or their surrogates. Including, but not limited to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple.
For the last several years, Silicon Valley has grown more powerful and they are abusing that power by censoring conservative thought, individuals, and organizations. Through their deliberate censorship, Big Tech prevented a president from communicating with his voters during an election. As a result of Big Tech’s overt liberal agenda, they are censoring entire movements, like the right to life movement. Finally, they are actively censoring conservative leaders simply for voicing their beliefs.
Big Tech’s power over our public dialogue is a threat to our American democracy. This must stop. This problem will not get better until conservatives draw a line in the sand and reject the toxic influence of Big Tech cash. Big Tech money is political toxic waste.
Therefore, starting today, we are launching a campaign urging individuals and organizations to publicly take the following pledge. It is our intention to maintain a public list of people and organizations that have signed the pledge.
As of this date going forward, I/we ___________ pledge that I/we will not accept any financial support from Big Tech and its surrogates. Specifically, I/we will not accept any donations from, but not limited to, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple; or if I/we do accept donations from Big Tech, I/we will recuse myself/ourselves from the debate about online freedom altogether. If, from this date forward, I/we inadvertently accept any financial support from big tech companies, I/we pledge to return that support immediately and publicly. I/we make this pledge understanding that Big Tech is corrupt and poses an existential threat to our democracy. Immediate steps must be taken to ensure all people have online freedom and that elections are kept free from Big Tech’s dangerous influence.
Here is the list of the 35 individuals who have signed this letter:
- L. Brent Bozell III: President and Founder of Media Research Center
- Tony Perkins: President of Family Research Council
- LTC Allen West: Chairman of Republican Party of Texas
- Mathew D. Staver, Esq., B.C.S.: Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel
- Rachel Bovard: Senior Director of Policy for Conservative Partnership Institute
- David N. Bossie: President of Citizens United
- Mark Fitzgibbons: President of Corporate Affairs for American Target Advertising, Inc.
- Bill Donohue: President of The Catholic League
- Floyd Brown: President of Western Center for Journalism
- Brigitte Gabriel: President of ACT for America
- Austin Ruse: President of Center for Family and Human Rights
- Susan Carleson: Chairman/CEO of American Civil Rights Union
- Lori Roman: President of American Civil Rights Union
- Sandy Rios: Director of Governmental Affairs for American Family Association
- Terry Schilling: Executive Director of American Principles Project
- Jon Schweppe: Communications Director of American Principles Project
- Gary Bauer: President of American Values
- Michelle Easton: Board President of Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
- Will Chamberlain: Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Human Events
- Christie Lee McNally: President of Raven Strategies
- David Kupelian: Vice President and Managing Editor of WND
- George Rasley: Managing Editor of Conservative HQ
- Eunie Smith: President ProTem of Eagle Forum
- Richard Norman: Founder & President of Richard Norman Company
- Craig Shirley: Founder, Chairman & CEO of Shirley & McVicker
- John-Henry Westen: Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder of Life Site News
- Steven Ertelt: Editor of LifeNews.com
- Brian Brown: President of International Organization for the Family
- Ryan Bomberger: Cofounder of The Radiance Foundation
- Elaine Donnelly: President of Center for Military Readiness
- Gene Mills: President of Louisiana Family Forum
- John Hinderaker: President of Center of the American Experiment
- Kathleen Patten: President & CEO of American Target Advertising
- Alexandre Pesey: Founder of The Tocqueville Fellowship
- Amy Kremer: Chairman of Women for America First
- Thomas Lifson: Editor & Publisher of American Thinker
- R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: Editor-in-Chief & Founder of American Spectator
- Governor Scott Walker: President of Young America’s Foundation