The influential and left-leaning New America Foundation set the sleepy world of Washington think tanks ablaze on Wednesday morning with the news that it is parting ways with one of its advocacy programs—under pressure from a major sponsor, Google.
The Open Markets program at New America and its executive director, Barry Lynn, are well-known and tireless critics of Big Tech and corporate monopolies. But after issuing a statement praising EU regulators' June decision to fine Google $2.7 billion for antitrust violations, the New York Times reports that Google was displeased enough to push back.
"The time has come for Open Markets and New America to part ways," New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter told Lynn in an email obtained by the Times, in which she went on to both accuse Lynn of "imperiling" the whole foundation and acknowledge that cutting ties with Open Markets and its 10-person staff was "in no way based on the content of your work."
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