James Baker, former deputy general counsel of Twitter Who did Elon Musk fire? of the company on Tuesday following revelations about its role in handling the Hunter Biden laptop story, exemplifies the revolving door between government, liberal groups and big tech.
Musk fired Baker from his position after journalist Matt Taibbi published internal communications showing October 2020 exchanges between high-level Twitter employees about addressing the posting of New York Post materials on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Baker, included in discussions about how the laptop falls under Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy, said they needed more data to “assess whether the materials were hacked” but added that “it’s reasonable for us to assume they may have been hacked.” and that precaution is justified.”
Prior to his position at Twitter, Baker served as general counsel to the FBI and was a leading figure in its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, following his resignation from the FBI in 2018, Baker joined a left-leaning group before turning to the titan of social media.
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Shortly after leaving the FBI, Baker became a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank in Washington, DC, and wrote articles for its affiliate Lawfare blog. Baker was also a director of the R Street Institute, a right-leaning organization that has received funding from liberal-aligned foundations such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Fund for Democracy.
Baker, who did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital, is not alone in positioning himself in the upper echelons of big tech after working with the government or liberal entities.
Facebook’s director of policy communications, Andy Stone, announced in 2020 that the social media giant would suppress the New York Post laptop story that revealed private emails between Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian gas company adviser. Burisma Holdings.
“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want to make it clear that this story is eligible for verification by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners,” Stone wrote on Twitter in October 2020. “In the meantime, they are reducing its distribution on our platform”.
Prior to Facebook, Stone worked for the Nancy Pelosi-aligned House Majority PAC, as press secretary for California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, and as press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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Meanwhile, other people who held senior positions at Facebook, now called Meta, also have ties to Democratic politicians. Sheryl Sandberg served as Meta’s chief operating officer before resigning in August. She previously served as the Treasury Department chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. In 2016, Sandberg appeared in the hacked emails of John Podesta, a close Clinton ally who founded the Center for American Progress and now serves as President Biden’s top energy adviser. She maxed out donations to several Democratic politicians, including Pelosi.
Another high-profile tech leader with Democratic ties is Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and CEO of its parent company, Alphabet. Schmidt has chaired an advisory committee to the Department of Defense and the Homeland Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. In March, reported politician that Schmidt’s fingerprints “are all over Biden’s science office.”
Schmidt helped launch data firm Civis Analytics, which has established itself as a Democratic powerhouse in recent years. The company “was born” out of President Obama’s campaign after Schmidt helped as a recruiter and trainer and later partnered with Dan Wagner, Obama’s 2012 campaign director of analysis, to help launch the company.
The tech titan provided seed capital for the company and helped raise millions of dollars in funding. Since then, Civis has been on the payroll of several major Democratic committees, including presidential candidates.
Schmidt also had ties to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. Like Sandberg, Schmidt appeared in Podesta’s hacked emails, including those related to “discreet conversations” about the formation of “labor relations” among allies of Clinton and companies like Facebook and Apple, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
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One memo repeatedly referenced the work of Schmidt’s “group” and “team.” The document did not name the group, but Schmidt had provided funding to a tech startup called The Groundwork, which ultimately received more than $600,000 in payments from the Clinton campaign. Schmidt also appeared at Hillary’s 2016 election night party. wearing a “staff” badge.
However, these are not just high-level tech personnel linked to liberal politicians. More than 99 percent of Twitter employee donations went to Democrats during the 2022 election, while more than 80 percent of Meta employee contributions went to Democrats, according to data compiled by the Center. for Responsive Politics.
Fox Digital’s Paul Best and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.