An organization funded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and leftist billionaire George Soros has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly colluding with federal government agencies and Big Tech companies to censor the American people.
The lawsuit was filed by America First Legal (AFL).
AFL is a law firm notable for its commitment to American constitutional principles and free speech rights.
The organization has magnified its legal fight against those allegedly collaborating with big government and tech giants to censor the public.
AFL has just incorporated the well-funded and prominent Aspen Institute into its lawsuit.
Previously, the lawsuit was directed exclusively toward two organizations – the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) and Virality Project (VP).
These two entities are implicated in the systematic suppression of digital free speech during election cycles.
Both groups have been accused of suppressing conservative voices in order to promote left-wing candidates and causes.
It’s alleged that the Aspen Institute, EIP, and VP have worked in concert with various tech powerhouses and governmental bodies.
This effort has consisted of launching a concerted attack against free online expression during both the 2020 and 2022 electoral periods.
The Aspen Institute is famous for its philanthropic endeavors.
However, the group has been controversially funded by billionaire heavyweights Soros and Gates.
Between 2003 and 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reportedly donated over $101 million to the Aspen Institute.
Simultaneously, George Soros’s Open Society Network funded the Institute with more than $3 million during the same period.
In September 2020, Aspen Institute’s Vivian Schiller hosted an event that AFL claims was designed to bury online reports about Democrat President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
According to AFL, Schiller sought to manipulate social media engagement in the event of revelations relating to Hunter Biden.
The Twitter Files provided additional analysis regarding this censorship effort.
The internal Twitter communications files revealed that this exercise was intentional.
The scheme was designed to create a controlled narrative about the Biden family’s scandals on social media.
Further evidentiary support for the case came via alleged emails between the Aspen Institute and key players in the EIP and VP.
/1 🚨LAWSUIT UPDATE🚨
In May, we filed a class-action lawsuit against “Election Integrity Partnership” & “Virality Project” for conspiring with the federal government to censor conservative political speech.
We just added the Aspen Institute as a defendant. pic.twitter.com/P1qkPQpND3
— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) October 24, 2023
AFL also included screenshots of alleged emails illustrating a direct Aspen Institute role in the contentious work of EIP and VP.
The emails were between Schiller and Kate Starbird, the chairwoman of the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and an EIP/VP major player.
“An email chain with Craig Newmark, a major Aspen funder, shows Starbird’s academic collaborator reporting to Newmark about the EIP/VP’s plans for censorship during the 2022 midterm elections, stating that ‘I have a meeting with Kate soon to talk about mid-term monitoring and election response,’” AFL added.
AFL further noted that Starbird was part of an August 2021 Aspen Institute strategy session on implementing “key censorship priorities” and demoting certain sites online.