The Obama administration relationship with Google has been very elusive from the public eyes. In a report released by a government watchdog indicates that Google had intentions of extending its relationship with Obama into Hillary Clinton’s reign. The report which was released by Campaign for Accountability which is a non-profit watchdog also states that when Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State, the relationship was already thriving. The number of people who shared affiliations with Google and Clinton or the related entities such as Clinton foundation, Clinton’s presidential campaign, and State Department was amounting to around 57 people.
The affiliates include Deputy CTO Derek Parham, Clinton Campaign Chief Technology Officer Stephanie Hannon, Chief Product Officer Osi Imeokparia, and Director of Digital Advertising Jason Rosenbaum; they all worked with Google before joining Clinton’s campaign.
During the 2012 presidential election, Eric Schmidt who is the Executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet had developed a custom monitoring software for the Obama’s 2012 campaign. In a similar fashion, he helped Hillary Clinton by funding the Civis Analytics and The Groundwork; this brought the number of poll tracking and data analytics firms that worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign to two. Despite Hillary’s loss, their campaign services amounted to approximately $1.5 million in payment. However, if Hillary had won the election, she would have been heavily indebted to Google.
In the 2012 election, Schmidt’s Civis Analytics was credited with aiding Obama produce 5 million vote margin of victory. Since Obama’s victory, Schmidt has had access to the White House. The WikiLeaks emails that were hacked from Clinton’s campaign manager revealed that Schmidt had met up with John Podesta and Clinton’s State Department aide Cheryl Mills before the campaign announcement.
Most of the tech industry gave Hillary Clinton heavy donations and Google was among the top. Six high-ranking executives and employees gave Clinton $1.3 million. Microsoft gave Clinton $700,000 and $ 500,000 from Apple.
Google wanted to capitalize on Hillary Clinton’s victory. In the past, State Department officials had a meeting with Schmidt to discuss how new technologies could address development, security concerns, and diplomatic issues. The watchdog reported that Google has in the last eight years secured favorable decisions from various agencies such as Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission.