At Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing investigating the "Weaponization of the Federal Government" and its attacks on American civil liberties, Congressman Matt Gaetz questioned Elliot Williams, a principal at Raben Group, a lobbying firm which reportedly represents Pfizer, Microsoft, Google and other companies with regards to his position in the group.
Gaetz quoted an employee from Project Veritas' undercover video who stated that, “Pfizer is a revolving door for all government officials” and “it’s pretty good for industry to be honest, it’s bad for everyone else in America.” When asked if he represented Pfizer directly or if there were engagements between Google and the FBI, Williams responded that he does not represent Pfizer nor has any knowledge of such engagements.
Gaetz then called attention to Raben Group's list of clients which includes both Big Tech companies as well as pharmaceutical groups. After mentioning this fact, he then suggested exploring legislative initiatives to tighten the revolving door between these entities.
MUST WATCH: Democrat witness at the first @Weaponization Subcommittee hearing – who was defending the FBI – STUMBLES when admitting that he’s a partner at a lobbying firm that represents Pfizer, Google, George Soros' Open Society! pic.twitter.com/oKnza4gKDh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 9, 2023
Take a look at the list of clients that are listed on The Raben Group's own website...unless they remove them before you get to read it for yourselves.
All right there on your website, Elliot. https://t.co/Xp1mETYI0X pic.twitter.com/YsCxkjEmRV
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 9, 2023
Williams' role in Raben Group highlights the need to better regulate lobbyists who are embedded within government organizations and influencing decisions related to public interest and civil liberties. This could create increased transparency, ensure accountability and help prevent conflicts of interests while protecting citizens from potential harm due to corporate interests superseding those of everyday Americans.
It's important to consider how these special interests could be manipulating systems intended to safeguard citizens and demand stronger regulations that can't be easily bypassed by lobbyists operating within government agencies. To counteract this weaponization of the federal government through corporate influence, legislatures must look into ways they can create meaningful restrictions which will protect citizens and guard against privileged access or unfair advantages gained by those with inside information or connections.