Google's Clunky Moves Into Politics Includes Trying To Silence Politicians Offering It Tax Breaks
from the whoops dept
A decade or so ago, it was Microsoft that was having trouble learning the game of dealing with politicians. The company was caught unaware as it faced anti-trust actions. Lately, it's been Google that's appeared especially amateurish in its dealings with politicians. The latest is the story coming out of North Carolina about Google's heavy handed attempts to get certain tax breaks in place in order to open up a data center in North Carolina. Apparently, Google representatives threatened to pull the whole project over some wording changes and also tried to ban politicians from talking about the fact that Google would be such a large beneficiary of the tax break. Apparently, "do no evil" is morphing into some variation on "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."