The Lobbyist in the Garage: Google Funds Engine Advocacy to Use Startups as Human Shields

The Campaign for Accountability‘s awesome depantsing of Google’s Engine Advocacy astroturf group that uses a fake concern for startups to mask corporate agendas.

Engine is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that claims to represent the “voice of startups in government.”[1] The group, which also has a lobbying arm called Engine Advocacy, told reporters at its launch in 2011 that it would advocate for startups as a counterweight to lobbying by corporate heavyweights like Google, Verizon and Microsoft.[2]

Evidence suggests, however, that Engine is little more than a creation of the biggest lobbying giant of them all: Google, and its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc.

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