Sunday, November 11, 2012

Feeding the hand that bites you

Google executives and employees were among the largest contributors to the Obama campaign.


President Obama’s reelection means that Google is unlikely to receive a reprieve from a looming antitrust lawsuit.

The Federal Trade Commission is nearing the end of a yearlong investigation into Google’s business practices.

People familiar with the case say the commission staffers have concluded there is reason to believe Google is violating antitrust laws and have recommended that the commission take action.

The commissioners are currently reviewing that recommendation.

If Mitt Romney had won the election, he would have appointed a new FTC chairman and Republicans would have controlled three of the five commission seats.

It is possible that a GOP-led FTC would have still gone after Google, but a Romney victory was probably Google’s last best chance at escaping the investigation unscathed.

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