Lewis Demands Smith Return Big Tech Money
October 15th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement calling on Senator Tina Smith to return the campaign contributions she has received from big tech monopolies in the wake of latest censorship attempts.
“Big tech and the mainstream news media are no longer fair and honest arbiters, but instead are acting as partisan activists bordering on election interference. Especially so when big tech platforms that are supposedly pledged to neutrality censor published stories revealing corruption involving their preferred Presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
“Senator Tina Smith has taken more than $14,000 dollars from big tech monopolies since getting to the Senate—including $5,000 dollars from Facebook—which I call upon her to return immediately. Her failure to do so would merely be the latest indication of how compromised she’s become in Washington, whether the donors are from Silicon Valley or from multinationals outsourcing American jobs to China.
“Unlike Senator Smith and her big business allies, I will always be a staunch supporter of free speech and accountability. That’s why when I’m elected, I pledge to immediately begin work on ending big tech’s exemption from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
“How little we’ve apparently learned from Orwell’s warning that ‘the chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the [government] or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion.'”