Murdoch empire pushes Republicans to back tech antitrust bills
Lobbyists for Rupert Murdoch’s media companies are appealing to House Republicans to support antitrust bills meant to restrain Big Tech companies, sources tell Axios.
The big picture: Murdoch’s media businesses have aggressively positioned themselves in opposition to the power of tech companies like Facebook and Google.
Between the lines: The antitrust bills, at least five of which are expected to be formally introduced soon, have been spearheaded by Democratic leadership on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee.
- Fox and News Corp. lobbyists have been urging GOP members to support the bills this week, according to people familiar with the efforts, with two sources saying there could be as many as 3 to 4 GOP co-sponsors on each bill. Talks are ongoing and could shift before the bills get introduced.
Yes, but: Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who is ranking member of the Judiciary…