Why Are Google, HP, eBay and Yahoo Funding Attack Ads in California’s AG Race?

In the Attorney General’s race, things have taken a turn for the nasty. The latest incident is a huge television buy opposing San Francisco DA Kamala Harris on the death penalty. Without going into the details, it is an extremely cynical ad, even in a season of such ads. It calls for an unflinching adherence without a consideration of the individual facts.

The ad was paid for by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie’s Republican State Leadership Committee. The group is funded mostly with a variety of tobacco and oil money. However a few entries in their contribution history stand out:

Donor Date Contribution
Google 07/30/2010 $20,000
Yahoo! 05/21/2010 $45,000
Hewlett Packard 06/04/2010 $36,500
eBay 03/05/2010 $40,000

Why are a small group of Silicon Valley companies paying for a cynical attack ad? After all, Google’s slogan is “Don’t be evil.” How else can we describe the politics that brings together tobacco and oil money to do a widespread attack “issue” ad in a county that is 350 miles away from San Francisco?

Google, Yahoo, and the other tech companies should probably consider why exactly they have teamed up with Karl Rove to bring this brand of politics to our airwaves.

4 thoughts on “Why Are Google, HP, eBay and Yahoo Funding Attack Ads in California’s AG Race?”

  1. OK. It’s official. Google is Evil. Unless they also gave similar amounts to Steve Cooley. No… on second thought, giving money to Karl Rove for any reason is Evil.

    Could this have something to do with Harris’ primary debates with Chris Kelley on internet privacy?

  2.    would be that we Angelenos would get a new D.A. Special election or appointed by the Board of Supes? I would guess the latter but does anyone know the answer for sure?

  3. I’ll remember that the next time I’m in the market for a new printer or computer.  As far as bidding on eBay, I’ve never been interested.

    Can I live without Google and Yahoo?  You betcha!

    Thanks for pointing this out.

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