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By Thomas Catenacci
Daily Caller News Foundation

Nearly all members of Congress who oversee privacy and antitrust issues have received donations or lobbying money from Big Tech, according to a Public Citizen report.

Ninety-four percent of lawmakers on Capitol Hill with jurisdiction over key Big Tech issues have received money from the industry, according to the Public Citizen report released Wednesday. Altogether, Big Tech political action committees (PAC) and lobbyists contributed roughly $3.2 million to lawmakers who are specifically tasked with regulating the industry.

In total, 134 of the 142 members of these committees accepted money from Big Tech PACs and lobbyists in 2020, the report found. Democrats received $1.7 million while Republicans received $1.4 million.

“In this moment of enhanced scrutiny, tech companies are going to spend millions and dial through their Rolodexes looking for officials to stop regulation and legislation needed to protect consumers,” Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president for Public Citizen, said in a statement. “That is simply unacceptable.”

Roughly a third of the $3.2 million given to lawmakers overseeing Big Tech issues went to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to Public Citizen. The remaining contributions went to members of the House Judiciary Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing

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