More legislators who are meant to be cracking down on Big Tech are calling attention to their children’s work for the businesses they’re supposed to regulate.
Following a December article from The Washington Post that exposed the issue, Politico reported Tuesday that at least 17 politicians responsible with overseeing Meta, Amazon, Google, and Apple had children who work for — or formerly worked for — those businesses.
According to the Washington Post, US Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat who has been a strong opponent of antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech that are currently making their way through Congress, has a daughter who works on Google’s legal team.
Both of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s daughters are employed by Big Tech corporations, according to The Washington Post last month: According to New York state records, Jessica Schumer is a registered lobbyist for Amazon. Alison Schumer is a product marketing manager at Facebook.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s daughter works as a lawyer for Google.
However, when it comes to the affiliations that certain members of Congress have with tech corporations, Lofgren and Schumer’s familial ties are simply the tip of the iceberg.
According to Politico, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, has a son who worked at Facebook as a “extern” in 2019, concentrating on antitrust and data protection.
Director of global policy at Meta is the daughter of Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, who sits on numerous important committees. According to the storey, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s son worked on mergers and acquisitions at Google at the same time that Portman was working on tech legislation.
Senators did not respond to a request for comment from Politico.