Revolving door: Big Tech staffed with hundreds of ex-DOJ employees amid antitrust battle

Apr 3, 2023 | Political News

Big Tech is staffed with hundreds of former Department of Justice employees, some of whom have key insight into government antitrust investigative methods, according to a watchdog's “revolving door” analysis.

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and HP have hired at least 360 DOJ employees, mostly since 2011 and in one example dating back to 2000, according to an analysis by the American Accountability Foundation, a conservative watchdog group. The analysis, which also includes information on DOJ employees who used to work for Big Tech, comes amid the department's antitrust lawsuit against Google and other investigations into tech giants.

“Normally it is not concerning when individuals move between government and industry because it is usually for professional purposes,” Tom Jones, president of AAF, told the Washington Examiner. “Why Americans should be troubled by this revolving door is because it is an ideological relationship where leftists move back and forth between industry and government to implement their liberal agenda.”