A coalition of independent business associations are urging President Biden against appointing individuals with ties to the four biggest tech companies to top antitrust enforcement roles at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The associations, representing more than 60,000 independent businesses sent a letter to the president on Wednesday calling for him to appoint individuals that will “prioritize reinvigorating anti-monopoly policy.” “We urge your administration to appoint personnel who are willing to address the concentrated market structures and abuses that are impeding independent businesses and threatening their survival,” they wrote, according to a copy of the letter exclusively shared with The Hill. ADVERTISEMENT“We believe that it is imperative that you avoid appointing individuals who have served as lawyers, lobbyists, or consultants for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to key antitrust enforcement positions. Instead, we encourage you to appoint experienced litigators or public servants who recognized the dangers of, rather than helped to exacerbate, these corporations’ market power,” the letter continued. The letter is the latest push from groups warning Biden against appointing individuals with ties to the tech giants to key antitrust roles. Last month, a coalition of 40 anti-monopoly groups wrote a letter to then-President elect Joe BidenJoe BidenScience is back at the White House; now it must… Read full this story
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