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Amazon Secretly Funds New Coalition Opposing Tech Regulation

  • Competitiveness Coalition brands itself as a grassroots group
  • Amazon gave more than $1 million to the advocacy organization
Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Photographer: Phil Walter/Getty Images

A group fighting antitrust legislation targeting the biggest US tech companies presents itself as a grassroots advocate for American taxpayers, yet it hasn’t disclosed a significant source of funding from one of the industry’s giants: Amazon.com Inc. 

The Competitiveness Coalition, led by Scott Brown, a former Republican senator from Massachusetts, has received more than $1 million from Amazon, according to three people familiar with the organization’s funding.