Tanden's CAP Takes Facebook Money Despite Personal Criticism

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June 10, 2019

Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, has repeatedly criticized Facebook on Twitter, but that didn't stop the progressive think tank from taking the company's money.

Tanden, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, has used her Twitter account to criticize Facebook on multiple occasions over the last couple years as Facebook has received increased scrutiny from Congressional Democrats for allowing hate speech and Russian propaganda to flourish on the social media platform during the 2016 campaign.

"I'm still amazed at Facebook's outrageous behavior," Tanden tweeted back in March, referring to a New York Times report on Facebook's controversial data-sharing deals being under criminal investigation.

"Liberals abound distrust Facebook while Joel Kaplan is there," Tanden tweeted in December 2018.

"Facebook is in no position to lecture others. At least Apple is honest about what you pay and what you get. Facebook is selling our data behind our backs," Tanden tweeted in April 2018.

"Facebook needs to get its act together and fast. Period," Tanden tweeted in December 2017.

Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay noted on Twitter that the Center for American Progress, or CAP, released their list of 2018 donors, which included Facebook, Google, Bank of America, and dozens of other corporate donors. Facebook is listed under the "$5,000 to $49,999" donor level for 2018. It is listed under the same donor level for the years 2014 to 2017. It is unclear how much they donated in 2013 because there are no donor levels listed.

The Washington Free Beacon reached out to CAP, but did not receive a response by press time.