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Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech

Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech
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Seven House Republicans on Wednesday pledged to reject donations from some of the top tech companies in the U.S. amid mounting scrutiny over the market power the tech giants hold. 

Rep. Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckGOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump Cheney to any Trump-backed challenger: 'Bring it on' Pelosi: GOP in Cheney ouster declared 'courage, patriotism and integrity' not welcome MORE (Colo.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, led the pledge to reject campaign donations from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple and Twitter. 

Buck was joined by Reps. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - What the CDC's updated mask guidance means GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans MORE (Texas), Greg SteubeWilliam (Greg) Gregory SteubeGaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech MORE (Fla.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanA renewed voice for conservatives New bodycam footage shows Jan. 6 attack on officer: 'I got one' GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' MORE (S.C.), Dan Bishop (N.C.), Burgess Owens (Utah) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.) in signing onto the pledge.

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In a letter outlining the pledge, the Republicans cite accusations of the tech companies' “unprecedented actions to silence” conservative speech. 

They noted Twitter and Facebook’s decisions to ban and suspend former President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's accounts, as well as Google, Apple and Amazon’s action taken against the fringe social network Parler after the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

“These monopolies have shown that personal liberty can be threatened by corporate tyranny just as much as by government tyranny. They have demonstrated that they are willing to relegate those who do not agree with their worldview to the status of a second-class citizen by cutting dissenters’ access to the infrastructures of business and public discourse,” the Republicans wrote. 

Buck announced last month he would stop accepting donations from Google, Facebook and Amazon, as reported by Axios.

Five of the Republicans who signed onto the pledge accepted donations from some of the tech companies in the last election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records. 

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Bishop and Owners appear to not have accepted donations from the companies, according to the FEC records. 

The pledge to reject the donations comes after some of the tech companies have paused their political spending. 

Facebook was among a lengthy list of companies that said it would suspend all PAC contributions after the insurrection at the Capitol, while Amazon and Google said they would pause donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying the election results. 

Steube, Norman, Bishop, Owens and Biggs all supported challenges to the certification of votes.