FTC Accused of Outsourcing Work to Soros-Funded Group

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Reports show that several progressive billionaires, including George Soros, have been funding antitrust advocacy and technology organizations, which the consumer protection agency known as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been using for significant policy and enforcement purposes.

An entity called Governing for Impact, funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, has been boasting in its internal communications about accomplishing scores of regulatory agenda items while working in secret with the Biden administration on policy.

In her resignation letter, Christie Wilson, the only Republican on the commission, expressed her concerns about Khan’s commission leadership, including her flagrant disdain for congressionally mandated restrictions on agency authority, her refusal to acknowledge legal precedent, and her misuse of power to accomplish her intended goals.

Khan has hired commission staff from organizations supported by wealthy donors and institutions. Several of these individuals have had top roles as Khan has adopted an aggressive antitrust policy that is in line with the stated aims of these groups. Sarah Miller, a former head of the antitrust advocacy organization American Economic Liberties Project (AELP), was appointed as a “special advisor” earlier this year. Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network, The Ford Foundation, and Soros’s Open Society Foundations are among those that have provided financial support to AELP.

A report shows that following Miller’s shift to the FTC, her husband Shakir was appointed temporary head of her previous organization, AELP. After serving as Khan’s assistant, Miller was promoted to chief of staff in November.

An organization that investigates artificial intelligence (AI) from an antitrust perspective, the AI Now Institute, has been staffing the FTC. After starting AI Now in 2020, Meredith Whittaker became a senior AI advisor the following year, and other AI Now staffers were put in advisory roles.

Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Luminate, Omidyar’s network, and the Ford Foundation have funded AI Now. According to two FTC website entries this year and one congressional report last year, AI Now helped shape policy and message.

The AI Now Institute called for tougher biometric data regulation in technology goods in April 2021. A month after the study, the FTC issued a policy statement on unfair or deceptive actions and practices connected to collecting and utilizing consumers’ biometrics information. The FTC started regulating algorithmic and AI data collecting that month.

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