House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race MORE (R-Calif.) slammed Google on Wednesday as part of his ongoing criticism of the company's alleged bias against conservatives.
“It’s their own executive that they said they have a silent donation where they tried to help people to help Hillary,” he said, referencing a report by Fox News's Tucker Carlson that described an email sent by Google’s Multicultural Marketing department head.
The email, which was published by Breitbart, shows Eliana Murillo describing the company’s efforts to help a nonpartisan Latino voter mobilization nonprofit, which Murillo described as a “silent donation.”
The emails don’t show Murillo expressing support for a candidate with the mobilization efforts.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill Murillo's expressed personal views and not those of the company.
"The employee's email is an expression of her personal political views about the outcome of the 2016 election and those views do not reflect any official stance by the company," the spokesperson said. "We have nearly 90,000 employees comprising a broad array of political affiliations. The email itself explicitly notes that she is speaking personally, and that Google’s efforts were non-partisan."
Regardless, in a tweet on Tuesday, McCarthy wrote that Google “[c]laims to be fair, but gave a 'silent donation' to a left-wing group to stop Trump."
•Claims to be fair, but gave a “silent donation” to a left-wing group to stop Trump
•Works w/ China/Russia to censor the internet, but cancelled a contract with our military
•Ignores Senate hearing
It’s time for @Google to answer some ?’s An invite will be on its way.
During the Fox News interview, McCarthy also drew attention to Google’s reported work to create a Chinese search engine in compliance with the country’s strict censorship rules even as it recently said it would end a contract with the Pentagon to help provide an artificial intelligence assisting in military drone use.
The House majority leader also emphasized how much control Google has in directing the flow of information online.
“Take for instance 90 percent of all searches come through Google. if you don’t make that first page on Google, only 5 percent go to the next,” he said. “They’re controlling the internet in a much different way.”
McCarthy drew attention to one snafu in which Google’s sidebar listed the California GOP’s ideology as Nazism as a result of someone briefly vandalizing its Wikipedia page which Google automatically pulls information from.
He has led the charge among Republican politicians in slamming Google, as well as Facebook and Twitter, for being allegedly biased against conservatives.
McCarthy has fired off a series of tweets against the companies and also supported the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman’s push to have Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the committee, which he did last week.
McCarthy’s attacks have reverberated in the White House, where President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE has also joined in the pile-on against technology companies, saying that they have been “treading on very, very troubled territory.”
Google defended itself against McCarthy and others' charges that it's biased.
"The suggestion that Google's products or actions are politically biased is simply wrong," a Google spokesperson said over email. "For the past decade, we’ve worked alongside other technology companies to provide users with voting information before they head to the polls, and have offered tools to protect elections from hacking and digital attacks."
This story was updated at 2:09 p.m.