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It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... It's a Message to Google

September 24, 2012
The progressive issue advocacy group SumOfUs.org really wants Google to sever its ties to the Chamber of Commerce.

So much so that the list of ideas to get the tech company's attention included getting the goats, who occasionally stand in for lawn mowers, to chew their message into the grass at the Mountain View, Calif., campus, SumofUs' Kaytee Riek told the Alley.

Instead, the group chartered a plane to tow a 115-foot-long banner emblazoned with the words, "GoogleQuitTheChamber.org," for an hour from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific Time above Google headquarters. Back on earth, a SumofUs.org rep will be dressed as Google's Android alien, seeking signatures from Google employees.

SumOfUs.org has an uphill battle to get Google to change its mind. The group and Google met in January but the company is not planning on cutting its ties, Riek said.

Asked why the group opposed Google's ties to the Chamber, Riek said, "The Chamber in reality is a voice for old business. They don't represent the interests of modern businesses like Google."

Neither Google nor the Chamber replied to requests for comment.
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