Google denies giving $60,000 to Labor Party

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Google denies giving $60,000 to Labor Party

Google has refuted the Australian Electoral Commission's annual report that showed the tech giant donated $60,000 to the Labor Party last year.

The AEC on Monday morning published its periodic disclosure list of political party donations, which listed Google as making its first-ever political donation in Australia, to the Labor Party.

A Google spokesperson told CRN the donation was actually made to the Chifley Research Centre, a think tank with ties to the Labor Party.

Google’s associated entity disclosure return also notes that it made a $66,000 donation to the Menzies Reseach Centre, a think tank associated with the Liberal Party. This donation was not listed in the AEC’s report.

Google said it has launched an internal investigation into how the documents were mistakenly revealed.

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