The coming storm: US state AG’s ask Congress for antitrust funding

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On Monday, dozens of state attorneys general wrote to US lawmakers to urge Congress to fund their antitrust probes, which have resulted in big lawsuits filed against Google and Facebook.

Attorneys general from 45 states and territories cited calls from Republicans and Democrats members for a “more robust antitrust enforcement across a multitude of markets.”

The officials did not say in the letter how much they needed.

“An appropriation of federal funding for state antitrust enforcement, particularly with respect to Big Tech litigation, will inure to the benefit of the economy and consumers throughout the United States,” they wrote in a letter to Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the chair and top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.

Amy Klobachur

The letter was also addressed to Representatives David Cicilline and Ken Buck, their counterparts in the House of Representatives.

Six of the signatories were among the leaders of antitrust probes of the Big Tech companies: Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Iowa’s Tom Miller, Douglas Peterson of Nebraska, New York’s Letitia James, Ken Paxton of Texas and Utah’s Sean Reyes.

Groups of state attorneys general, which enforce state and federal law, filed two big lawsuits against Google last year and a third against Facebook.

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Diane Bartz. Editing by Richard Chang.

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