Consumer Watchdog is at it again. This time the advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google's privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant's "cozy" relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.
In a letter sent Monday, to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked to investigate "contracts at several U.S. agencies for Google technology and services, the "secretive" relationship between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency, and the company's use of a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration airfield in California."
"We believe Google has inappropriately benefited from close ties to the administration," the letter said. "Google is most consumers' gateway to the Internet. Nonetheless, it should not get special treatment and access because of a special relationship with the administration."
"This is just the latest in a long list of press stunts from an organization that admits to working closely with our competitors," said the Google spokeswoman.
The group has also released a new video -- in the new video "Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington," the group demands Eric Schmidt be called before Congress for hearings about the data Google collected with its Street View mapping service cars.
The group has gone as far as to hire a mobile digital advertising truck equipped with stereo sound to screen the video on the streets near Capitol Hill, downtown, and elsewhere in Washington, D.C.