Just ten days after the Presidential election that shocked Hillary supporters nationwide, the multi-national tech company, Google, created a job posting looking to hire someone to be a “Conservative Outreach” manager to add to its policy team. The listing posted on the website of the multinational conglomerate parent company to Google, Alphabet Inc., specifies that the leading responsibility of the “Manager, Conservative Outreach and Public Policy Partnerships” role would be to “manage Google’s partnerships with conservative, libertarian and free market third-party advocacy organizations, think tanks, and activists.” The position is located in Washington D.C..
“As a member of Google’s Public Policy outreach team, you will act as Google’s liaison to conservative, libertarian and free market groups,” the listing description reads. “You are part organizer, part advocate and part policy wonk as you understand the world of third-party non-governmental advocacy organizations.”
Alphabet Inc. and Google have recently turned into one of the greatest corporate voices among lobbyists in the nation’s capitol. So far, Alphabet has spent a total of $11.9 million in 2016 alone, putting it in the top five highest ranked U.S. companies. In November, it was revealed that Alphabet’s Chairman, Eric Schmidt, was a Hillary Clinton supporter. After the information was first revealed through the Podesta e-mails, Schmidt was later spotted at Clinton’s campaign party wearing a “staff” badge.
Google’s current CEO, Sundar Pichai, recently spoke to the BBC following the U.S. election and said he believes they need to find a way to “constructively engage” with the incoming Trump administration.
“As you can see the country is deeply divided so I tend to look forward and I think we need to figure out how to constructively engage with the new administration and hear the voices of people, as at Google we care about certain values – be it freedom of expression, the notion of inclusion and fairness, building open systems, building a connected world,” Pichai said. “But it is also important to acknowledge that there are people, through a process like this, who feel left behind, and I am glad the democratic process gives voices to everyone.”