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7/25/2019

Tulsi Gabbard Campaign Sues Google

Filed under: General — JVW @ 4:28 pm



[guest post by JVW]

Hawaii Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (be still my heart!) has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Google, alleging that the tech giant has interfered in the election against her interests. Here is the explanation posted on her campaign site:

On June 28th, 2019 in the immediate hours following the first Democratic Presidential debate, millions of Americans were searching online for information about Tulsi Gabbard. In fact, according to multiple news reports, Tulsi was the most searched candidate on Google. Then, without any explanation, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account.

For hours, Tulsi’s campaign advertising account remained offline while Americans everywhere were searching for information about her. During this time, Google obfuscated and dissembled with a series of inconsistent and incoherent reasons for its actions. In the end, Google never explained to us why Tulsi’s account was suspended.

The Gabbard campaign understandably believes that the lack of Google Ads starting at roughly 9:30 pm on June 27 and lasting until roughly 3:30 am on June 28 led to fewer visits to her campaign site and thus to fewer donations than she otherwise would have received. They also allege that their campaign emails were being redirected into the spam folders of Gmail users at a much higher rate than other Democrat candidates’ campaign emails. In addition to the $50 million, the campaign is seeking an injunction against Google to prevent them from favoring or disfavoring any other campaign sites during the primary.

This of course comes on the heels of Google’s appearance at Senate hearings regarding claims of censorship over the past month, as well as similar scrutiny being applied to Facebook and Twitter, among others. This site has had posts time and again about sketchy practices in which opinions that exist outside of the officially acceptable shibboleths of the progressive gentry-techie crowd are purposely suppressed. Thus far the criticism of Google has largely (but not exclusively) come from the right, but perhaps given the fractured nature of the Democrat Party there are more and more elements of the left that are left wondering if their views a now deemed problematic as well.

This could be an innocent mistake, though the amazing timing of it is certainly notable, or it could be the actions of a rogue engineer like we saw at Twitter, or it really could be a coordinated campaign to favor certain Google-approved candidates (Biden? Harris? Buttigieg?) over others. I don’t expect Rep. Gabbard’s lawsuit to go very far, but at least the it might help put the tech giants on notice that their behavior this election cycle will not escape scrutiny.

– JVW

39 Responses to “Tulsi Gabbard Campaign Sues Google”

  1. I wonder what the Gabbard campaign would do with the $50 million.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  2. Very interesting and news to me. Good post.

    DRJ (15874d)

  3. Good luck to her! It will be interesting to see how this proceeds.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. If only Google were run by Russians, we would call this election meddling.

    Munroe (0b2761)

  5. Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin is the president of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. As of June 2019, Brin is the 13th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$50.1 billion.[3]

    Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of 6.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. Send him back, eh?

    Munroe (0b2761)

  7. Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of 6.

    I saw The Omen. I know enough to be fearful of 6-year-olds.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  8. I read about this earlier, and thought, oh, no, I’m not posting about because JVW will!

    Gabbard is currently polling at about 1.0%, and certainly isn’t a threat to any top-tier candidate. Thus I can’t imagine why she would be singled out, frankly, by anyone. To whom does she pose a threat? I know that she went after Kamala Harris big time this week, so perhaps she’s looking for a breakout moment to gain some traction (and name recognition)? No matter how cute she is, she just doesn’t seem like a political target at this point in time.

    Dana (bb0678)

  9. If only Google were run by Russians, we would call this election meddling.“

    Post of the thread.

    They didn’t give a rat’s … when Google/Twitter etc. we’re doing it to conservatives.

    They are slow learners but maybe the REAL ramifications are starting to sink in.

    harkin (0f62bd)

  10. Of course Google is part of the International Communist Conspiracy For World Domination and of course they would want to sabotage each and every threat to their puppet Donald Trump no matter how small or how remote that threat may seem to us.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. Anybody who has been paying attention on this site just this past week alone has seen how they have already purged the Republican Party of counter-Trump elements.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. I read about this earlier, and thought, oh, no, I’m not posting about because JVW will!

    Thanks! I want to do what I can to help out my Aloha sweetie. (I just looked to see if there is an old Hawaiian song titled “My Aloha Sweetie” and I guess there is not, so I might have to try my hand at writing one.)

    JVW (54fd0b)

  13. Indeed jvw, she subscribes to most of dem policies, shes less shrill than rutnik less imperious than emhoff, (gillebrand original name and Harris’s married name)

    Narciso (aa2efd)

  14. This may be an innocent mistake

    Yeah, and you may get killed if you jump out a plane at 10,000 ft without a parachute.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  15. I climbed up Kilauea
    And got there just in time
    To see my Tulsi wootsie
    In the good old summertime

    She’s my Aloha sweetie
    Where girls grow so pretty
    My Aloha sweetie
    From sunny Five-O

    nk (dbc370)

  16. Has David French or Kevin Willamson written the “Conservative Case for censoring Gabbard” yet?

    rcocean (1a839e)

  17. OK, got the first verse and chorus. Think of a fast-paced song in cut-time, backed by slack guitar, an upright bass, and a couple of ukuleles:

    My Aloha Sweetie
    by JVW

    Over on the islands of Hah-why-ee
    Lives my little sweetie named Too-loose-ee
    Surfing in the pipeline for her vay-cay-shun
    Before she heads back to Wash-ing-ton
    If we all get lucky she’ll be Pres-i-dent
    In her hula mu-mu she is Heaven-sent
    Taking out Kamala, Joe, and Boot-edge-edge
    My eternal love to only her I will pledge.

    Hiding in a surfing shack in Waikiki
    With my Little Aloha Sweetie from Hah-why-ee.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  18. I like yours too, nk. Maybe we can be the next Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  19. Just Marianne Williamson having some fun with her voodoo dolls…

    Tulsi could well be a target for the handful of even bigger losers polling below her and trying keep their place on the stage.

    Dave (240cf8)

  20. Mine’s just a jingle, JVW. Yours is a Shakespearean sonnet, and the reason for the difference is obvious.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. Honolulu Lulu

    Queen of the surfer girls
    She’s got stars in her eyes and knots on her knees now
    Called that Poodleman Shultz a stinky, rank sleaze cow
    Shootin’ at the Hadjis or lyin’ in the sand
    She’s the hippest candidate in the land
    And she’s my Honolulu Lulu
    She’s my Honolulu Lulu
    Queen of the surfer girls

    Well, she handles all the big ones every year at Makaha
    And all the surfers know her from Rincon to Baja
    When the beach is quiet and you know we’re outta luck
    We pray for surf while heading home for a f*ck
    Just me and Honolulu Lulu
    Me and Honolulu Lulu
    Queen of the surfer girls

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. Ah, Colonel Haiku, I was hoping you would try your hand at it, and as usual you knocked it out of the park. Thanks.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  23. Good Stuff, JVW, nk and Col.

    mg (8cbc69)

  24. You and nk class up the joint, JVW, I go all Kinky Friedman.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. I still say you need a Tulsi hula dashboard girl, JVW.

    Dana (bb0678)

  26. They ought to go home, they’re drunk for trying to stay in the race, Corey Booker has really with out his welcome,

    Narciso (aa2efd)

  27. I hope she wins.
    The lawsuit.

    mg (8cbc69)

  28. Do you remember when we couldn’t even get television from midnight to sunrise, we only got the test pattern, and most radio stations went off the air during that time too?

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Yes on a Setchell Carlson
    vertical and horizontal hold knobs
    contrast knob
    sound knob
    25 foot antena

    mg (8cbc69)

  30. Old timey baby by Dan Hicks

    Hawaii baby

    She’s a bit Ha-why-ee, but that’s alright with me
    She wears a skirt of raffia that hangs below her knees, her knees
    She’s a bit Ha-why-ee, as all the world can see
    The conch shell that she wears upon her bosom, puts me in ecstasy, ecstasy
    Yes, she’s my congresswoman, that’s what they’re telling me
    But my Ha-why-ee baby is swell enough for me, you see

    You see, she plays her ukelele
    The light is low, tiki torch, you know
    We lie, lie upon her bed
    With fragrant leis beneath her head
    And while my head is spinning
    She turns her face, and we embrace
    Then when we go out strolling, the world can plainly see
    That my Ha-why-ee baby is swell enough, she’s young enough she’s hip enough
    For me

    felipe (023cc9)

  31. Its probably an algorithm gone wrong, or manipulated by someone, possibly by making the riht kind of complaints to the right people. If so, she would be far from the only victim.

    Dana (bb0678) — 7/25/2019 @ 4:58 pm

    Gabbard is currently polling at about 1.0%, and certainly isn’t a threat to any top-tier candidate.

    She might be a threat to somebody else hoping to break out of the pack, or supporters of such a candidate. The more people who can do this, the more it is possible that somebody did this for political reasons.

    Sammy Finkelman (27cd2c)

  32. 30… excellent, felipe!

    I miss Dan Hicks and his Hot licks… I pull up “Where’s the Money” for a grin every now and again

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  33. Well done, felipe. I have fond memories of seeing Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at UCLA’s Royce Hall playing a bill with Clarence Gatemouth Brown and David Johansen & the Harry Smiths. It was the year of the Gray Davis recall.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  34. I believe Project Veritas just had a Google engineer on that could offer some insight into the subject.

    NJRob (4d595c)

  35. Here’s a treat… https://youtu.be/hBGeQ0zSifc

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  36. Thanks for the video, Colonel. I count myself fortunate to have seen Dan Hicks at Dosey Doe in Houston, TX around 2012? His performance of “Hook or by crook” was as vibrant as ever. I never knew he was suffering from cancer.

    felipe (023cc9)

  37. Thanks, JVW. I wanted to join in on the fun. I had always wanted to see Dan Hicks, but the opportunity was never there until late into his career.

    felipe (023cc9)

  38. Love Dan Hickx and his Hot Licks.
    Bar Stool Boogie

    mg (8cbc69)

  39. Do you remember when we couldn’t even get television from midnight to sunrise, we only got the test pattern, and most radio stations went off the air during that time too?

    Ahh memories.

    Sunday morning in fall, late 60s. Waiting for the Notre Dame game replay from the day before on the Mizlou Network via KTLA…..or was it KHJ, KTTV or KCOP, I forget.

    Went to Sat evening mass at St Bruno’s for my Sunday OUT card and nine straight hours of football.

    And the the starting gun:

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
    and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
    wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
    Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
    and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
    “Up, up the long delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
    where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
    and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

    https://youtu.be/IoL-KCFbIpA
    _

    harkin (58d012)


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