Several of the largest internet companies are courting conservative allies, even as they crack down on content from the right after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Some have recruited employees from conservative groups while others are donating to Republican candidates.
After the Capitol riot by supporters of President Trump, Google paused political donations, removed the social media platform Parler — which was popular with conservatives — from its app store, and Google-owned YouTube booted Mr. Trump off its service.
Google resumed its political donations before the end of January and has since contributed $15,000 to Republicans. Federal Election Commission filings show Google’s NetPAC gave the maximum contribution to leadership PACs for Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, both of whom have announced they will not run for re-election next year. It also gave $5,000 to Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who is facing a primary challenge in 2022 if she runs for re-election.
Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said the company stopped giving to lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election but has continued giving to others.
YouTube, meanwhile, intends to provide a path back to the web for Mr. Trump and is looking to make new inroads on the right. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said last month at an Atlantic Council event that the site would lift its suspension of Mr. Trump when it determined the risk of violence had decreased.
YouTube also is hiring a new strategic partner manager for conservative civics partnerships in Washington. The job involves driving “political entities on the conservative side of the aisle” to use the site and “working with principals and their staff” to build a presence on YouTube, according to a listing for the position.
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