Biden assistants had connections to huge tech organizations, exposures show
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- March 22, 2021
Top Biden administration authorities had already undisclosed connections to huge enterprises including tech monsters Microsoft Corp, Alphabet’s Google and Facebook Inc, financial exposures by the White House show.
As indicated by the filings with the Office of Government Ethics, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan served on an advisory council for Microsoft from 2017 through May of a year ago. He was paid $45,000 a year ago, as per his exposure, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
Sullivan, who oversees an interagency reaction to January’s cyberattack on Microsoft’s Exchange email software, holds somewhere in the range of $50,000 and $100,000 of stock in both Microsoft and Alphabet and claims somewhere in the range of $15,000 and $50,000 of Facebook stock, the exposure shows.
The White House said in an articulation on Sunday that authorities, for example, Sullivan are “experienced government leaders whose past private sector experience is part of a broad and diverse skill set they bring to government service.”
A White House official said Sullivan isn’t taking an interest in decisions straightforwardly influencing Microsoft, has not had any contact with the organization and is talking with NSC attorneys to stay in consistence with ethics necessities.
The authority said Sullivan is stripping himself of the entirety of his stockholdings.
A Microsoft representative said “individuals from across the political spectrum offer ideas and advice on a variety of national policy issues” to the organization.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki was paid in any event $5,000 as a communications consultant for Lyft Inc. The White House official said the counseling included writing a plan and happened for around a half year.
The revelations were first detailed by the Associated Press.
Key authorities in the Trump administration had connections to Wall Street, the oil and gas industry and the real estate sector.