Democratic Staffers Are Fleeing The Hill To Work For Big Tech: REPORT – The Free Press

Posted: October 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm

Ailan Evans

Democratic congressional staffers are leaving their positions on Capitol Hill to work for major tech companies, according to a Politico report.

April Jones, who worked as deputy legislative director and counsel for Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on technology and telecommunications matters, left her position last Tuesday to join Apples government affairs team, Politicoreported.

Jones departure came on the same day thatKlobuchardecriedthe influence of Big Tech in Washington during Facebook whistleblowerFrances Haugens testimony.

Facebook and the other tech companies are throwing a bunch of money around this town and people are listening to them, Klobuchar said during her questioning of Haugen, expressing frustration about the fact that there are lobbyists around every single corner of this building that have been hired by the tech industry.

Lara Muldoon, who workedfor Senate Commerce Committee Chair Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington,leftin June to serve as a senior director of government affairs at the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association.

The Senate Commerce Committees senior Democratic technology staffer, John Branscome,leftthe committee in September to work for Facebooks federal policy team, Politicoreported, while Branscomes deputy, Shawn Bone, left for Verizon.

Over a dozen Democratic staffers have left their positions to work in the tech industry this year, Politico reported.

Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who serves as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, told Politico the departures related to the low salaries offered in staffer positions.

Its hard to keep very talented people here when the private sector is offering so much more money, Doyle said. You get people that want to come back, they go out for a while and make some money and then they want to come back.

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