Amazon secretly donates over $1 million to coalition opposing new antitrust regulation

Revealed: Amazon secretly donates $1 million to anti-antitrust coalition calling itself ‘grassroots’

  • Amazon is secretly funding a group that is fighting new federal antitrust rules and billing itself as “grassroots.”
  • The retail giant donated over $1 million to the group.
  • The group, dubbed the Coalition for Competitiveness, is led by former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown.
  • People are being urged to write to lawmakers about the U.S. Innovation and Online Choice Act, which restricts firms like Amazon, Meta and Alphabet.

Amazon covertly funds a group that positions itself as a grassroots group and fights against new federal antitrust laws.

Competitiveness Coalition, led by former Massachusetts. Republican Party Sen. Scott Brown has received more than $1 million from the retail giant, three people familiar with its funding said. bloomberg.

“Take action, write to your senator – oppose the radical American Internet Innovation and Choice Act,” the group’s homepage urges.

The Competitiveness Coalition was funded in part by a $1 million donation from Amazon. Pictured is a group call to action.

The call to action is for a bipartisan bill that aims to give federal antitrust authorities more power to sanction firms like Amazon, Alphabet and Meta.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Amazon and the coalition for comment.

The Competitiveness Coalition is led by former Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts.  Pictured is the mission of the group

The Competitiveness Coalition is led by former Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Pictured is the mission of the group

The coalition was reportedly formed by the National Taxpayers Union, a conservative human rights organization, and includes other right-wing groups, including the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the Taxpayer Defense Alliance and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

This week, the Competitiveness Coalition called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to throw the bills “in the trash where they belong.”

He also held a briefing with Capitol Hill staff, according to an invitation provided by Bloomberg News.

This week, the Competitiveness Coalition called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to throw the bills

This week, the Competitiveness Coalition called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to throw the bills “in the trash where they belong.” Pictured is Scott Brown, a former Republican Senator from Massachusetts who currently leads the coalition.

The event was described as an opportunity to “learn about the dangers of current antitrust laws and how they can harm America’s global competitiveness.”

Separately, the group called on House of Representatives lawmakers to reject the bill.

Amazon also felt the need to fund at least one group from the left of the political spectrum.

The retail giant recently offered concessions to settle two antitrust cases against it in the European Union after the bloc passed a strict new digital competition law.

The European Commission, the bloc’s top competition regulator, said on Thursday it was seeking feedback on commitments offered by Amazon to settle cases, according to a report in Wall Street Magazine.