Top Democrat Leaders Took Private Payments From Big Tech While They Considered Anti-Trust Legislation

( A new report suggests that some of the highest-profile names in the Democratic party took payments from Big Tech while they were publicly talking about implementing anti-trust legislation that might break up the companies they were receiving money from.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly received some of the biggest donations from tech company executives, ever. The donations, which were made public in his April-June Federal Election Commission filings, show how more than two dozen executives from Microsoft donated a combined $116,000 to Schumer’s campaign this summer. 13 of those executives gave the legal maximum donation of $5,800.

Among those donors were Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, as well as Fred Humphries, the head of the big tech company’s lobbying team.

Schumer will use the funds to assist his 2022 reelection campaign. It could be the end of his short time as Senate Majority Leader if Republicans are as successful as they expect to be in the midterm elections.

Another big Democrat name, Senator Patty Murray, has also received substantial donations from tech executives. The Washington senator received $67,000 from the Amazon PAC as well as some $48,000 from Microsoft. And that money likely didn’t come without a catch. Amazon has been lobbying the Senate for years to end efforts to target Big Tech firms over claims of anti-competitive behavior.

What’s more, Rep. Zoe Lofgren received donations from Timothy Powderly, the director of government affairs at Apple, to the tune of $5,000. Powderly also previously wrote a letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee in which he called out plans to implement new anti-trust legislation.

In the letter, he said that Apple is concerned by provisions in the package of anti-trust legislation that, he said, would create a “race to the bottom” in terms of security and privacy.

Not only is Apple trying to claim that their anti-competitive practices are good for American security, but they appear to be donating to Democrats in the hope that they change their minds.

The question is…what side are the Democrats on?