Thursday, March 31, 2022

The real scandal behind ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt paying for Biden’s science office - Vox

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has faced a backlash since Politico reported earlier this week that he indirectly funds and wields unusually heavy influence over an important White House office tasked with advising President Joe Biden’s administration on technical and scientific issues.

The ethical concerns surrounding this news are glaring: A tech billionaire with an obvious personal interest in shaping government tech policy is giving money to an independent government agency devoted to tech and science, albeit through his private philanthropic foundation.

The real scandal, however, is that a government office needed philanthropic aid to fund its work in the first place, creating an ethical quandary over potential conflicts of interest.


Good grief.

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I was surprised to learn how much of the funding of the FDA and CDC comes from corporations. The idea seems intrinsically corrupt to me. Still, I suppose it releases taxpayers' dollars to fund pork barrel projects.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 31, 2022 2:53:02 PM