When running for office, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has consistently upset tech giants like Facebook for supposedly censoring and silencing pro-Trump Republicans, and vowed to fight what she called the “Silicon Valley cartel” after being elected to Congress.
During his first two months on Capitol Hill, Greene intensified the anti-tech rhetoric heavily. But shortly after being sworn in, she discreetly moved to get rid of large stocks in the same companies she so vehemently denounced, resulting in a healthy sum.
According to her latest financial disclosure form, released on February 19, Greene and her husband sold between $ 49,000 and $ 210,000 in shares of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon on January 20.
It’s unclear exactly how much Greene and her husband, Perry, made from the stocks of each company, as congressional forms only list wide ranges of value, but it can reach $ 65,000 each for the four tech stocks. Some shares were jointly owned by the couple and others were owned only by her husband.
Greene’s only other public financial disclosure form, filed in May 2020 while she was a candidate, lists joint or spousal ownership of up to $ 65,000 in Apple shares, $ 30,000 in Facebook shares, $ 30,000 in Amazon shares and $ 15,000. in Google actions. The couple sold those holdings in January at a profit – the official form shows capital gains over $ 200 – but the exact figure is unknown.
In light of growing pressure from supporters of good government for lawmakers to sell their holdings of individual stocks to avoid conflicts of interest, Greene’s sale could perhaps be welcomed. But her financial disclosure report shows she remains invested in a number of other companies, from Fortune 500 giants like Goldman Sachs and Lockheed Martin to sports gambling platform DraftKings and clothing brand of Lululemon sport.
There’s also the blatant irony that Greene was personally invested in, and later profited from, tech companies she had excoriated for months as totalitarian tools of evil and social control. A spokesperson for Greene did not respond to requests for comment on her sale of shares and why she invested in the companies to begin with.
Like many die-hard Trump Republicans, Greene has oriented his policies around “the culture of cancellation” and Big Tech’s alleged censorship of those who promote pro-Trump views. On her social media platforms, where she has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, Greene posts fresh and searing outrage about them almost daily.
Facebook, which Greene and her husband sold for up to $ 65,000 net on Jan. 20, has been a constant target for her as a candidate and congressman. Last September, the platform deleted a post from Greene in which she posed with a gun next to images of the progressive “Squad”, on the grounds that it incites violence. The GOP candidate claimed she was canceled and now wears a face mask in Congress with the message “CENSORED.”
At various points in 2020, Greene called Facebook racist for promoting a message of support for black-owned businesses during the holiday season and called it an anti-Semite for censoring far-right Islamophobic provocative Laura Loomer. . She also accused Facebook of allowing “ANTIFA” to carry out terrorist attacks and accused the social media platform of “canceling our children”.
In October, when a Facebook spokesperson tweeted that he would not link to a New York Post article on Hunter Biden, the Republican of Georgia indignantly tweeted that “the Silicon Valley cartel has taken over. the First Amendment and tore it to shreds ”.
“When I get to Congress,” said Greene, “Big Tech will be held accountable!”
Ironically, in June 2020, investor Facebook publicly called on its thousands of subscribers to use a competitor instead. “For those of you who are fed up with being censored by Facebook,” she wrote, “I encourage you to open a Talk account today!”
Greene has been less critical of other tech companies she once owned, but her stance against the “Silicon Valley cartel” leaves little room for nuance, especially given the industry’s dominance by Google, Amazon and Apple.
Greene’s tech stock sales could be interpreted as a sign that she wanted to sever all financial ties with companies she had so fiercely opposed. A spokesperson for Greene did not answer questions about why she and her husband sold the shares when they did.
Barely two weeks after her stock sale, however, Greene called on like-minded conservatives to exploit the free market system to develop alternatives to tech companies she had previously funded.
“Conservatives must unite to invest, grow and compete in Big Tech to protect our conservative values and rhetoric from the endless cries of the thought police. It would give people the flexibility to choose which online ‘community’ they invest in, ”Greene tweeted on Feb. 7.
“The Silicon Valley cartel controlling social media, free speech and even aimed at eliminating growing competition, like Parler, must be stopped. The way to stop it is on the free market, while we can still… ”
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